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Olympic Qualification Tournament. Hungary wins, Greece third and first reserve

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Last day of the women's water polo pre-Olympic tournament at the federal centre in Trieste. Hungary and Holland qualified for the Olympics on Saturday, defeating Italy and Greece respectively in the semi-finals.
In the final for the first place, the Magyars beat the Dutch 13-11; in the final for the third place, the Hellenic team beat the Italian team 10-4, becoming the first reserve team for the Games.
Final for seventh place. Eighth was Israel, who beat Slovakia 13-10. The winning break for the Israelis in the fourth half with successive goals by Bogachenko and Tal, which brought the score to 11-9 and extinguished the Slovakian team's chances of a comeback.
Final for fifth place. Fifth is France who beat Kazakhstan 12-10. The Kazakhs, always behind in the score, clung to the match until 10-9 in the middle of the fourth period; then the decisive acceleration of the transalpine team with Guillet's double that made it 12-9.
Final for third place. Greece beat Italy and becomes the first reserve for the Olympic Games in which he will participate in the event of a waiver. Deserved victory for Greece, always ahead in the score and 4-2 at halftime. The decisive break for the Greeks at the end of the third period: Italy came back to -2 (5-3) with Garibotti; but Lorantos' team went in goals with Tsoukala and two times with Elefhteria Plevritou. In the last period, both sides lost energy: Elefhteriadou replied to Garibotti (9-4). Tsoukala's goal ninety seconds before the end made it 10-4.
Final for first place. Hungary won the pre-Olympic tournament, beating the Netherlands in the final. The teams were tired, but the match was exciting. In the second half the Hungarians led 6-4, the Dutch balanced the score with goals by Sleeking and Van de Kraats for 6-6 at the beginning of the third period. Then the Hungarians broke away with goals by Garda, Keszthelyi and two by Rybanska that brought the score to 10-6. The Orange came back three times on -2 (10-8, 11-9 and 12-10), but Leimeter's goal of 13-10 at one hundred seconds to the end decided the match. In the last minute Keuning scored the final goal of 13-11.

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Finals - Sunday 24 January
(21) Slovakia-Israel 10-13 (1-2, 4-1, 3-5, 2-3) / final for seventh place
(22) Kazakhstan-France 10-12 (1-3, 3-3, 4-3, 2-3) / final for fifth place
(23) Greece-Italy 10-4 (4-1, 0-1, 4-1, 2-1) / final for third place
(24) Netherlands-Hungary 11-13 (3-4, 2-2, 2-5, 3-2) / final for first place

First stage

Rankings
Group A: 1. Italy 5, 2. Netherlands 5, 3. France 2, 4. Slovakia 0 
Group B: 1. Greece 6, 2. Hungary 4, 3. Kazakhstan 1, 4. Israel 1

Day 1 - Thuesday 19 January
(B) Hungary-Israel 27-2 (7-2, 3-0, 9-0, 8-0)
(B) Greece-Kazakhstan 13-5 (4-1, 4-1, 3-2, 2-1)
(A) France-Italy 6-19 (1-5, 0-5, 2-3, 3-6)
(A) Netherlands-Slovakia 22-2 (6-0, 4-0, 8-0, 4-2)

Day 2 - Wednesday 20 January
(B) Hungary-Kazakhstan 23-6 (7-2, 6-3, 5-1, 5-0)
(B) Greece-Israel 20-1 (7-0, 3-0, 5-1, 5-0)
(A) Netherlands-Italy 7-7 (2-1, 1-2, 3-3, 1-1)
(A) France-Slovakia 17-9 (5-2, 1-5, 6-1, 5-1)

Day 3 - Thursday 21 January
(B) Hungary-Greece 5-8 (1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-2)
(A) France-Netherlands 6-15 (2-8, 2-1, 2-3, 0-3)
(A) Italy-Slovakia 26-4 (6-1, 7-0, 5-2, 8-1)
(A) Israel-Kazakhstan 7-7 (2-2, 1-2, 1-2, 3-1)

Quarter finals - Friday 22 January
Timetables changed on request of broadcasters
(16) Slovakia-Greece (1-4, 0-5, 2-7, 0-6)
(14) France-Hungary 7-20 (2-4, 1-3, 2-5, 2-8)
(15) Italy-Israel 15-6 (3-0, 3-1, 7-1, 2-4)
(13) Netherlands-Kazakhstan 19-6 (5-1, 4-2, 4-0, 6-3)

Semi finals - Saturday 23 January
(17) Kazakhstan-Slovakia 11-10 (2-3, 4-2, 1-2, 4-3) / semi-final for fifth place
(18) France-Israel 11-6 (2-1, 2-0, 5-2, 2-1) / semi-final for fifth place
(19) Netherlands-Greece 7-4 (1-2, 2-2, 2-0, 2-0) / semi-final for first place
(20) Hungary-Italy 13-10 (3-1, 2-2, 4-4. 4-3) / semi-final for first place

photo credit Andrea Staccioli / DBM