MADRID, 6 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish men's water polo team has advanced to the semifinals of the European Championship, which is being held in Split (Croatia), after beating Greece in the quarterfinals on Tuesday (9-5), so the fight for the medals on Thursday against Hungary, their executioner at the last Tokyo Olympics.
David Martín's men, reigning world champions, once again offered a defensive display, with Unai Aguirre superbly under the sticks, and overwhelmed a rival who suffered attacks from the current continental runners-up, who crashed up to six balls into the post. With this, their presence in the 2024 edition of the tournament is guaranteed.
Spain showed their superiority just half a minute after the initial whistle, when Martín Famera opened the can before Sergi Cabanas increased the lead a minute later (2-0). Even so, the Hellenic team raised a battle leveling the contest, a balance that Álvaro Granados and Alberto Munarriz broke to close the first quarter with an advantage (4-2).
Famera opened the second set with a somewhat inferior goal, neutralized by Gergios Dervisis after another Spanish exclusion, all in a barely moving quarter that sent the game to rest with 5-3 in the light.
Felipe Perrone, in his seventh European Championship, and Munarriz added two more goals to the scoreboard after the interval to give Spain the maximum difference so far in the clash (4), and Roger Tahull and Granados placed another 2-1 run in the match. fourth quarter to guarantee the pass.
In this way, the Spanish team guarantees its seventh continental semifinal; Until now, they have always managed to get through that round, but Hungary will be in front of them, a fearsome rival and in an excellent state of form that already denied them the bronze medal at the last Tokyo Olympics, where David Martín's men lost by 9 -5.