Greece defeat Spain to qualify for showpiece final

Greece defeat Spain to qualify for showpiece final
 

WATER POLO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - SEMIFINALS

Greece W 11 - 9 Spain W
(1 - 1)
(5 - 2)
(9 - 6)
(11 - 9)

In a hugely dramatic encounter, Greece edged past Russia in a thrilling penalty shootout in the Women’s European Water Polo Championship, earning a 11:10 victory to qualify for the last four.

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Playing at home in Barcelona, the Spanish were considered slight favourites for the match, but Greece defied the odds to make the final of the competition for the first time since 2012. Following the dramatic 11:10 quarter-final triumph over Russia on Monday, the Greek players were full of confidence, troubling the opposing defence with excellent attacking skills.

A tight first period ended in a 1:1 draw, however the Ethniki Omada pulled away in the second, outscoring Spain 4:1 to earn a precious lead. As the game progressed, the goals continued flying in, but despite a late Spanish comeback Greece held on to claim an 11:9 victory and qualify for the showpiece match. 21-year old Eleftheria Plevritou was the leading Greek scorer, registering three goals.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Greece will play the Netherlands, who defeated Hungary 8:7 in their match, in the grand final on Friday evening.

 
by Shaun Nicolaides
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