Spain defeats Japan, claims 9th spot and hopes for a comeback in Barcelona 2018
The Spanish men’s national team finished 9th at the World Aquatics Championships after claiming a victory against Japan this afternoon (13-11). David Martín’s revolution got off to a rough start after losing the opening match against Greece and ultimately suffering an unexpected defeat against Russia in the round of 16. The Spaniards had to fight for the 9th to 12th place, their worst result in a World Championship in almost four decades.
The last clash was out of control (with seven penalties), but Spain managed to be ahead in the scoreboard at all times, leading by one, two and even four goals at the beginning of the final quarter.
With three victories and three defeats, the Spaniards leave Budapest with bad sensations but with a new short-term goal in mind: the 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships Barcelona 2018.
With the perspective of welcoming back to the team two key players such as Felipe Perrone and Martin Famera and playing in front of a home crow, the national team most focus on getting back to their best level and make a comeback to the water polo elite.
This 9th place – Spain finished 5th one year ago at the Rio Olympic Games – must be viewed as a bump in the road ahead of Tokyo 2020, which will stop at the Picornell Pool in Barcelona for the European Championships.