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Spain succumbs again to its American “executioner”

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Spain’s women’s water polo team is eliminated this Tuesday from the World Aquatics Championships, taking place in Budapest, after losing their quarter-final match to their ‘black beast’, the United States (13-8). by Miki Oca will not be able to fight for the medals.

The “Guerreras”, who tried to make up for their defeats against the North Americans both in the final of the last two world championships and at the Olympic Games in Tokyo (14:5), held up thanks to the onslaught of the defending champion in the first half to a solid defense, but lost in the last two quarters.

With 14 losses in the last 14 games against the American team, Isla Margarita’s pool statistics did not invite optimism, especially when Adam Krikorian’s seemed to escape after just three minutes played (3-1).

Oca looked to get Martina Terré under the post and pull out veteran Laura Ester, and Spain won a 3-0 run, with goals from Maica García, Elena Ruiz and Bea Ortiz putting them ahead for the first time (3rd minute). -4).

After the Americans equalized, Judith Forca restored Spain’s lead, but Maggie Steffens and Maddie Musselman ensured their side took a 6-5 lead at half-time. It was just the beginning of a reaction that was confirmed in Act III, ending a 4-0 run that was fatal for the “Guerreras” (8-5).

The Maica García and Paula Leitón tagged by Krikorian, interrupting the fluidity of an Iberian team that could not find their way to goal. Spain paid dearly for promotion as group runners-up and are eliminated in the battle for medals.

That way, they won’t be able to repeat the medal for their third consecutive World Cup – silver in 2017 and 2019 – while the Americans, in search of another final, will face Italy to win their fourth consecutive World Cup.

Source europapress.es

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