Spain, Netherlands Victorious in FINA World League European Prelims

May 27, 2012; Newport Beach, CA, USA; General view of a FINA water polo Mikasa ball during the exhibition game between the Hungary and the United States at Newport Harbor high school. The United States defeated Hungary 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Photo Courtesy: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Spain and the Netherlands respectively won their round 4 game last night (February 27) in Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) and Budapest (HUN), two of the cities hosting the European prelims of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World League.

Starting the game on a high, Spain defeated the Russians 9-7 (3-0, 3-4, 2-2, 1-1), who defended fiercely until the end.

The Netherlands proved too strong for the Hungarian team, as the Dutch scored 10 times against 5 for their opponents (2-1, 4-2, 3-1, 1-1).

European Prelims Provisional Ranking:

1. ESP 9 pts, 2. NED 6 pts; 3. HUN 6 pts ; 4. RUS 3 pts

The fifth round of the Women’s World League will be played on March 27. The Dutch will play the Russians, while Spain will face Hungary.

The men’s European prelims resumes on March 20.

About Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 209 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

Press release courtesy of FINA.