Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

In their opening match of the European Water Polo Championships Barcelona 2018, which represented their 69th game in the history of the competition (29 victories, four draws and 36 defeats), the women’s Spanish national team defeated Hungary, winners of the previous edition of the prestigious water polo event. The winners of the 2014 European Championships defeated the 2016 champions in the match that took the main stage in the first matchday of the competition, which consisted of six matches of the women’s category.

The Spanish team had a dream debut as they beat a nation that has racked up 13 medals in the history of the Championships (three gold, five silver, and five bronze). The Spanish team, who won the three preparation tournaments that they participated in before the Championships (Portugalete, the Mediterranean Games, and Canet), have taken a big step towards achieving their goal of qualifying to the quarter finals.

As expected, it was an even matchup. The partial scores after each quarter were as follows: 3-2, 2-2, 3-1, 5-4. In the second half of the match the hosts took the lead and never let go of it. In the third quarter they converted a two-goal advantage (3-5) into a three-goal lead (5-8).

Bea Ortiz confirmed the win for Spain in the final minutes of the last quarter (9-13) in a match that drew a crowd of about 3,000 to the stands of the Picornell Pool.

With a squad containing six players that conquered the World Championships in the same venue back in Barcelona 2013; Marta Bach, Laura Ester, Anni Espar, Maica Garcia, Mati Ortiz and the captain Pili Peña, Spain made a strong statement as they announced themselves as serious title contenders.

Tomorrow in the second matchday of the competition the hosts face Germany, which fell (9-8) against Serbia.