Host team of the 17th FINA World Championships water polo tournament finished first in group B hence they can watch Sunday matches from the stands and wait to see their next opponent.
The Hungarian team had confident wins against team Australia and France, tied 9-9 with Italy to become the winner in group B qualifying to top 8.
The team of Tamás Märcz will be playing the winner of Spain-Russia for the top 4.
„Both teams are really good ones, Russians did a great job in the first 2 matches but then went down against team US. The Spanish are also quite renowned, as well, we played against them in Athens, where they beat Greece and we were preparing together in Madrid, too. In either case I hope we will be able to beat them and make it to the top 4” – told Krisztián Manhercz, a young member of the Hungarian national team.
„The boys play quite well, team spirit is high, I can tell we are in a good form and we are moving towards our goals. Obviously, our primary goal was to move on to the quarter-finals no matter what, then the next step is to win there. The Spanish team tends to focus on defence and keep opposition’s scores low all throughout the game. This way they have good chances to win. Russians, on the other hand, are somewhat hectic. Sometimes they go down against weaker teams yet we have seen them defeating stronger ones as well. They are more focused on offense; I am curious about their upcoming battle” – said head coach Tamás Märcz when asked about potential opponents during the press event held on the first rest day for the team.
All three group matches had a very special atmosphere to them in Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex. No wonder team members reported on some uplifting moments:
„The atmosphere is awesome. It was even more evident for me during the ladies’ match since when we are in a match we concentrate on the game itself. Of course we do hear the audience roaring and it is great to see what is going on in the stands. Watching the ladies’ match we could witness among the crowd what it feels like hearing the audience shout out „Go, Hungary!”. Well, it certainly raises your heart rate…” – the primary goalie of the team, Viktor Nagy explained.
Heart rate of the Hungarian national team members will increase again on 25 July when they jump in the pool at 20.30 in the quarter-final.
Tuesday, 25 July
14:50 – Montenegro–Greece
16:10 – Serbia–Australia
20:30 – Hungary-Russia
22:00 – Croatia–Italy