The Italian water polo team dynamited the women’s water polo tournament with their victory against the United States (8-7), in the quarterfinals of the Fukuoka World Cup, a loss that is their first in a tie since 2013. The Italians, who had to go through the round of 16, in a group that was dominated by Greece; they reached the last quarter of the match with 6-6.
Danilla Picozzi made it 7-6 as soon as the last period began and Chiara Tabani made it 8-6. The Americans pulled back with 21 seconds to go with a goal from Jordan Raney. USA’s last loss in a playoff It was in the World Cup in Barcelona when they lost to Spain (9-6). Later, in the group stage of the 2015 Kazan World Cup, they lost to Italy (10-9), a defeat that did not carry any significance.
Since manager Adam Krikorian took over in March 2009, the United States has been a title collector. Add three Olympic golds (2012, 2016 and 2020), two of them won against Spain, four golds in World Cups and endless level titles.
The Italians will meet the Netherlands in the semifinals. who defeated Canada 17-10. The Dutch, who had already decided at the end of the first half (11-6), had their best scorers in Brigitte Sleeking, Simone van de Kraats and Kitty Joustra with 3 goals each.
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