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MADRID, June 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Spanish women’s water polo team qualified this Sunday for the quarterfinals of the World Cup to be held in Hungary after beating Kazakhstan (1-14), a duel they could not avoid by finishing second in the groups occupied, so they will have to face the United States next Tuesday.

Greece’s goal ten seconds from time prevented Miki Oca’s side from progressing directly to the quarter-finals. However, the “Warriors” more than fulfilled their mission and certified their good offensive performance with another clear victory after beating Thailand last Thursday (2:30) on the last day of the group stage.

Once the process is over, Spain will try to redeem the bad dream it experienced in the final against the Americans, who stripped the team of the gold at the Tokyo Olympics and in the two back-to-back World Cup finals in 2017 and 2019. Now you have an opportunity to end the dominance of the United States as they seek their fourth straight World Cup.

In the round of 16, after problems in the first phase, the Spaniards adjusted their defense and bordered on perfection, conceding a single goal from their rivals. Such was the level of confidence and motivation judging by the number of goals scored, a siege that Kazakhstan could not overcome.

The Spaniards’ superiority in the water was evident from the first few minutes, with an excellent first half, opening the gap on the scoreboard (0-4), but the Kazakhs revived the siege for a moment with a 1 in the second set to -2 to try and fight after the break.


The celebration came in the third half when they scored seven goals, more than in the first part of the game. So the Spaniards finally took the lead with a 1:13 on the scoreboard and lowered the level in the last quarter with a single goal.

Bea Ortiz finished with four goals to become Spain’s top scorer, while Judith Forca scored three and Paula Camus two. They also bore the signatures of Anni Espar, Irene Gonz├ílez, Elena Ruiz, Pilar Mena and Paula Leiton.

This Tuesday, the women’s team meets the United States in a top-flight clash that will decide who next qualifies for the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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