For the second day in a row, Spanish water polo teams have bundled United States of America
out of medal contention at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
On Sunday, the men defeated
10-6 in a quarterfinal qualifier and tonight in a rematch of the 2012 London
Olympic Games final, it was Spain’s
turn to turn the tables on the USA,
winning 9-6, vastly different from the USA’s 8-5 victory a year ago.
With half of Barcelona seemingly in the stands,
they cheered on Jennifer Pareja and her team to what was an historic victory as
Spain has never beaten USA in a major
championship - drawing two and losing five.
Pareja scored her four goals in the first half as she helped her team to a 4-2 opening quarter, 5-4 at halftime and 6-5 at the final break. For more than a minute near the end the score was 8-5 ironically but that became a match-winning 9-5 and a late
USA goal went in silence.
The Hungary-Netherlands match was a statistical nightmare for the Dutch as
won its 50th World Championship encounter - a record - by 11-7. Hungary led 7-1
at halftime in what was an obviously dominating display. Rita Keszthelyi scored
four goals by halftime. Hungary