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Canadian ladies will face off the host team in the quarterfinal after beating New Zealand on Saturday. Russia won a thriller against Netherlands.

Crossover matches of women's water polo tournament at the 17th FINA World Championships.

W27

Canada – New Zealand 16-3 (5-1, 4-1, 3-0, 4-1)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Florestano (BRA), Salnichenko (KAZ)
Canada: Gaudreault – Wright 3, Eggens 2, Bekhazi 4, McKelvey 1, Robinson 1, Fournier. Subs: Alogbo, Lemay-Lavoie 2, McKee, Christmas 2, Crevier 1. Head coach: Haris Pavlidis
New Zealand: Milicich -  Mason, Lopes da Silva 1, Stoneman, Bowry, Hudson, Pye 1. Subs: Houghton, Doyle, Lewis, Ferigo 1, Boyd. Head coach: Angela Winstanley-Smith

Canada won clearly but on the next round, in the quarterfinal will face off Hungary. That game will be really difficult but both team will remember that in the Super Final in June they came up with a tie. 

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W28

China-Spain 5-13 (2-1, 1-4, 1-5, 1-3)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Dutilh-Dumas (NED), Rotsart (USA)
China: Peng – Mei, Xiong, Niu 1, Guo, C.Zhang, Zhao 2. Subs: Bi 1, J.Zhang, D.Zhang, Chen 1. Head coach: Dali Gong
Spain: Ester – A.Espar 2, B.Ortiz 4, M.Ortiz 1, C.Espar, Pena, Leiton 2.  Subs: Bach, Lloret, Forca 2, Crespi 2, Gual. Head coach: Miguel Oca Gaia

 

China started the game surprisingly well, Asian team worked out a 2-0 advantage. In offence, Spanish ladies were not so concentrated in the beginning of match but from the second quarter they changed the rythm and started to dominate the pool.

In the second part of the game China lost its energy and Spain finally won the match easily and will face off Greece in the quarterfinal. That will be more difficult.

W29

Netherlands-Russia 10-11 (2-4, 4-3, 2-3, 2-1) 
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Stavridis (GRE), Flahive (AUSl)
Netherlands: Willemsz – Smit, D. Genee 1, van der Sloot 2, Sevenich 1, Megens 1, Stomphorst 3. Subs. Genee, Nijhuis, Klaasen 2, Joustra. Head coach: Arno Havenga
Russia: Karnaukh – Prokofjeva 3, Gorbunova 1, Serzhantova, Simanovich, Tolkunova 1, Ryzhkova 2. Subs.: Vakhitova, Karimova 1, Borisova, Timofeeva 2, Ivanova 1. Head coach: Alexander Gaidukov

The most interesting and closest match of the day has provided its audience with excitement and drama. The Russian team is truly powerful. During the training period they proved to be a tough opponent even for the national team of the United States.

The team is capable of strong offensives, however the olympic bronze medallist's startegy may easily fall apart as well. We may remember Rio's olympic bronze match, in the last minute of which the Russian team scored an equalising goal just to win the match right after with the five meter penalty shots.

The Russian team prevented the Greeks from participating in the Rio Olympic games by defeating them in Gouda with penalty shots again. The Greek team took revenge, they won their group in Budapest.

Well, the Russian team started really strongly, every single one of their shots hit the Dutch goal, they led the match with the score of 4-1, 6-2, 7-3. Ekaterina Prokofyeva showed an incredible performance this evening. However, the Dutch is quite a remarkable team as well as they proved it by equalising right at the beginning of the third quarter by the goals of Stomphort, van der Sloot and Klaasen.

Dagmar Genee even took the lead for Dutch team that brought us the prospect of an incredible fight for the end of the match. Russia responded with an equalising goal from Tolkunova, soon followed by the tricky hit of Timofeeva that resulted in the score of  8-9. Thanks to Karnaukh's remarkable performance and Ivanova's sharp hit, the Russian team took back a three a point lead.

In the fourth quarter, Klaasen brought the Dutch team closer with a penalty shot, but Karimova settled a two point Russian lead by scoring a goal in an extramen situation, three minutes and fifty-six seconds before the end Megens turned the match into a fascinating game by scoring one of the strongest goals of the night. One minute and nineteen seconds before the end, Gaiukov asked for a timeout but the following attack didn't prove to be resulting for the Russian team. The Netherlands got into an extramen situation but their shot missed the Russian goal, therefore the team got to the top eight unlike the Netherlands that may continue their fight only to get one of the 9th-12th places.

After the match the Dutch national team signalled that they do not accept the final result. They stated that the Russian time out call came when the Dutch team was in posession of the ball - a situation in wich the Dutch team would have been entitled to a penalty shot. The decision is anticipated for Sunday morning. 

Update: protest was denied.

W30

France-Australia 2-16 (0-5, 0-4, 1-1, 1-6)
Hajós Alfréd Uszoda, vezette: Willis (RSA), Dykman (CAN)
France: Counil - Millot 1, Guillet, Mahieu, Valverde, Battu 1, Daule. Subs.: Bachelier, Aur. Sacre, Ad. Sacre, Deschampt, Barbieux. Head coach: Florian Bruzzo
Australia: Yanitsas - Gofers 2, Buckling 2, Halligan 3, Bishop, Ridge, Webster 3. Subs.: Zimmerman, Arancini 4, Mihailovic 1, Baxter 1, Steere. Head coach: Athansios Kechagias 

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In the morning:

Brazil-South Africa 10-5 (3-1, 2-1, 3-1, 2-2)
Japan-Kazakhstan 17-8 (3-1, 2-1, 7-4, 5-2)

In the quarter-finals:

Monday, July 24:

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

For the 15th place:

W31 09:30 – South Africa-Kazakhstan

For the 13th place:

W32 10:50 – Brazil-Japan

For 9-11th places:

W33 12:10 – New Zealand - Netherlands
W34 13:30 – China-France