Olympic Water Polo 2012: Day 10 Results, Schedule & Analysis
In the span of two days of competition, the U.S. men's water polo team has dropped from the top of Group B to fourth place, barely qualifying for the elimination round. How?—by losing its last two matches to gold-medal favorite Serbia and European powerhouse Hungary, which had a convincing 11-6 win over the Americans.
The Hungarians looked smoother, sharper and more physical the opposition, getting off to a 4-0 lead during the first 10 minutes of play, lead which they would only add to during the course of the match.
Hungary; country that dominated the sport since it was introduced to the Olympics (nine gold, three silver and three bronze), had a 10-3 lead over the U.S. at the end of the third quarter, at which point the fourth period was a mere formality.
With the win, Hungary moves into third place, tied in points with the U.S. with six, but having the advantage in head-to-head match-up.
After losing the last two games, the U.S. will have a tough task in the quarterfinals, facing a powerful Croatia squad that won every match in group play. Hungary will play Italy, who beat Spain 10-7 in the last match of the day.
Spain will play a Montenegro team that stomped Great Britain 13-4. Australia grabbed its second win of the London Games in an 13-8 victory over Greece, guaranteeing a quarterfinals match against a high-octane Serbian offense, who throttled Romania 12-4.
Men's Quarterfinals — Wednesday, Aug. 8:
Croatia vs. United States --- 9:30 a.m. ET
Hungary vs. Italy --- 10:50 a.m. ET
Spain vs. Montenegro --- 1:40 p.m. ET
Australia vs. Serbia --- 3 p.m. ET
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