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World Cup, water polo: Italy – Spain 12-14 – La Gazzetta dello Sport

He defeated the Azzurri 12-14, and did not qualify directly for the quarter-finals. Tomorrow the challenge that can still make us enter the best 8

By our correspondent Stefano Arcobelli

There are no direct quarter-finals (like Setterosa), but the Round of 16: defeat against Spain, who dominated the 2019 World Final in Gwangju cost Settebello di Campagna an extra effort, even an extra step, an extra start against Australia. It is not enough for Citibello to beat Spain, Olympic silver medalist, and go straight to the quarter-finals. After a nerve-wracking situation in the match that went unplayed against Canada due to a plethora of Covid cases, the Azzurri surrendered to the Spaniards 14-12 in Sopron, at the end of an agreed-upon match.

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Many regret Citibelo’s 10-6 lead in the second half and 12-10 after three quarters of the game. In the last half, the return of Spain, thanks to some very many mistakes especially in the counter-attack of Italy, which rebalanced the score with Granados and Tahull; Then he passes two more goals from Granados himself. The Blues were defeated head-on, after playing on an equal footing against a more experienced team that has changed less than the Blues since the Tokyo Games, and with the realization that they can still grow a lot during the World Championships. World champion Alessandro Campania’s team, scheduled for the Round of 16 in Budapest tomorrow at 17, will face Australia, who finished third in Group D.

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Coach Campagna says. “Too bad for the empty pass in the fourth half: some situations were poorly managed. We played a very high level match, against a team that is better equipped than us at the moment. I am satisfied because we were passing through a quick game sometimes. Spain is suffering. We have plenty of room to grow.” Andrea Fondelli comments: “This was our first real match in this world championship. Too bad because we played three excellent times and then made too many mistakes, lacking clarity in some situations. But we come out of the water with the awareness that we are a great team, with Enormous character. Everyone has to fear us now.”

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