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Women's water polo: Kazakhstan claimed the 15th, Japan the 13th place

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On the 5th day of the women's water polo tournament at the 17th FINA World Championships placement matches are in the programme.

Women's water polo tournament at the 17th FINA World Championships, 5th day

W31

For the 15th place

South Africa-Kazakhstan 4-6 (1-2, 2-2, 1-0, 0-2)
Hajós Alfréd Uszoda, referees: Ni (CHN), Mercier (FRA)
South Africa: Thomas - Penny, Paley, Schooling, Hallendorf, Barret 1, White 1. Subs.: Wessels, Keeny, Smit 2, Manson. Head coach: Samuel Gareth
Kazakhstan: Zharkimbayeva - Akilbayeva 2, Tuvova, Zakirova, Myrzabekova, Murshina 1, Mussarova 1. Subs.: Raitev, Roga, Novikova 1, Yevemina 1. Head coach: Andrey Sazykin

Photos: Máté Balogh/Bp2017

On the Saturday’s placement match for 13th-16th places Kazakhstan lost a lot from Japan, so Andrey Sazykin's team would definitely like to finish the tournament with a victory against South Africa. However, Samuel Gareth's team proved a tough opponent, which also looked good from the first half result, Kazakhstan only led with a goal, 4–3.

The third act was for a long time about the goalkeepers and the posts, until the South Africans equalised, so the teams were turned at 4–4 in the last quarter, where Kazakhstan won the match with a beautiful drop-off and a late goal to 6–4.

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M32

For the 13th place

Brazil–Japan 9–11 (2–2, 2–6, 2–1, 3–2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Deners (URU), Willis (RSA)
Brazil: Chamorro, Abla 4, Zablith, Dias, Bahia, Duarte 3, Belorio. Subs.: Souza, Amaral, Leao, Ferreira 1, Bruzzo 1, Sa. Head coach: Eduardo Abla
Japan: Shioya - Magariyama 1, Sakanoue 4, Yamamoto, Inaba 1, Tokumoto, Suzuki 1. Subs.: Arima 3, Kazama 1, Niizawa, Hosoya, Noro, Aoki. Head coach: Hideo Katho

After the first quarter (2-2), it promised a close match but in the second period, the Japanese played amazingly, they threw six in the South American goal, who could have been bothered by this, because their second half performance was very strong. 

The Brazilian amazons also won the third and fourth quarters, but the six goals in the second quarter got worse, the game was won by Japan by 11-9.

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For 9-11th places:

New Zealand-Netherlands 4-19 (1-5, 1-6, 1-3, 1-5)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Garibaldi (ARG), Kajiwara (JPN)
New Zealand: Milicich – Lewis, Mason 1, Lopes da Silva, Stoneman, Hudson, Pye 1. Subs.: Ferigo, Boyd 1, Doyle, Houghton 1, Bowry, Young. Head coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith
Netherlands: Aarts – Smit 1, D. Genee 1, A. Genee 4, Sevenich 3, Megens 2, Klaassen 2, Joustra 1. Subs.: Stomphorst 3, Nijhuis 2, Koolhaas, Willemsz. Head coach: Arno Havenga

Despite the unsuccessful protest, the European Championships and previous World Championships silver medalist Dutch team was fighting with hot heart. So much so that they scored goals in a row, and kiwis simply had no objection to Arno Havenga's team. The Netherlands won all the quarters (without Sabrina van der Sloot), winning a superior 19-4 victory over New Zealand. It was goot to see that they did it with smile on their faces.

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W34

China-France 13-5 (3-2, 3-2, 4-1, 3-0)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Florestano (BRA) Ghafouri (IRI).
China: Shen – Mei 2, Niu 3, Guo 2, C. Zhang, Zhao 1, Chen. Subs: Bi 1, Xiong, Nong 1, D.Zhang 2, J Zhang 1. Head coach: Dali Gong.
France: Counil – Millot 1, Bachelier, Guillet 1, Mahieu, Valverde, Daule 1. Subs: Sacre 2, Battu, Sacre, Deschampt, Barbieux. Head coach: Florian Bruzzo.

One has to fight very hard for each place, and those teams who could not make it to the first 8 are quiet disappointed, but will still try to win in the placement games. However, the Chinese and French them did not look disappointed at all, even though the winner's award was 'only' that they could play against the Dutch team for the 9th place. Both teams fought really hard, the game was almost masculine.

Though the Asians were in the lead from the first goal on, the French team constantly equalized. The French defense was really good at the beginning of the second quarter, Estelle Millot, as always, used the penalty well and the French equalized to 4-4, however, this was the last equal score in the match as after the break the Chinese were in the lead, and they went on scoring again and again.

The determination from the beginning of the game was already gone, but the French were still trying to make up for the increasing loss, which was useless as the Chinese were always in the right place at the right time and at the end of the third quarters they were in the lead with 5 goals, while in the fourth quarter they practically posessed the whole pool.

In the quarter-finals:

W35 14:50 - Italy-Russia
W36 16:10 - United States-Australia
W37 20:30 - Hungary-Canada
W38 22:00 - Greece-Spain