We are going to witness amazing games on the final day of women’s water polo preliminary rounds at the 17th FINA World Championships. Japan and France kick off the day with a life and death game, in the evening the host team Hungary faces off the Netherlands for the first place and the well-deserved rest day.
9:30 – Japan – France (Group C)
The opening game is going to be a huge one for the participating teams. Both Japan and France are winless so if either of them wins, they get to play in the playoffs. Japan is the favourite against the young French team as they were able to score more goals against Hungary and the Netherlands as well.
Standings: 1. Hungary 4 p, 2. Netherlands 4 p, 3. Japan 0 p, 4. France 0 p.
10:50 – Australia – Greece (Group D)
12:10 – Russia – Kazakhstan (Group D)
Australia awaits the game against Greece in a great situation, because they both beat both Kazakhstan and Russia, so they can claim the first place even with a draw. Greece will have a tough game, but with a win, they can create a fun result in Group D where three teams would finish with 4 points.
Russia surely wants to control the game against Kazakhstan and they should. They want to fix their problems after last game’s mildly surprising loss from Australia and if they do, they would clinch the second place. Of course, only if Australia beats Greece first.
Standings: 1. Australia 4 p, 2. Russia 2 p, 3. Greece 2 p, 4. Kazakhstan 0 p.
13:30 – Italy – China (Group A)
17:30 – Brazil – Canada (Group A)
Italy – who took home the bronze medal from Kazan and the silver medal from Rio – confidently beat Canada and Brazil and they should have no problem doing the same against China as well. The Chinese girls would like to take them by surprise, but odds say that Italy is going to get away with the win and the first place.
In the first game of the afternoon programme, Canada plays Brazil and they should have no problem winning this one as Brazil conceded 29 goals in their first two games.
Standings: 1. Italy 4 p, 2. Canada 2 p, 3. China 2 p, 4. Brazil 0 p.
18:50 – New Zealand – USA (Group B)
It would be a huge surprise if New Zealand could even make it tough for the world- and Olympic champion USA team, who won easily in their first two matchups. The USA should win the first place, but New Zealand will advance to the playoffs because of their win against South Africa on Tuesday.
Standings 1. USA 4 p, 2. Spain 2 p, 3. New Zealand 2 p, 4. South Africa 0 p.
20:10 – Netherlands – Hungary (Group C)
Both Hungary and the Netherlands won their first two games easily, so this match will be a clash of two unbeaten teams and it is going to be a classic for the first place in Group C. From Hungary, every single field position player was able to score a goal in this tournament, so they have confidence and the great audience is behind the girls as they try to win their biggest game so far.
21:30 – South Africa – Spain (Group B)
This game should be an easy one for Spain, who will clinch the second spot in Group B with a win over South Africa, who conceded 32 goals in two games.