The Hungarian women’s water polo national team became European Champion, because they beat the Dutch national team by two goals. It also means that the team will participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, nemzetisport.hu wrote.
10 years ago in 2005, the women’s national team led by Tamas Faragó won the World Championship. Now it was the first tournament of head coach Attila Bíró, so it is a huge performance that he could lead the Hungarian girls to victory.
In the first quarter, the Hungarian team could score 3 goals. Dóra Antal was the first goal scorer, and then the Dutch team took the lead after 4-4. The Hungarian team was focused and the Dutch team seemed nervous.
Overall, 13 players were sent-off and there were several counterattacks as well. In the end of the first half the Dutch led 5-4.
According to nemzetisport.hu, Barbara Bujka scored a beautiful goal, followed by Orsolya Takács, so the Hungarian team took over the lead at 6-5.
Hanna Kisteleki – who is the sister of a former world-class player – also scored two goals. Rita Keszthelyi was the top scorer with 23 goals, but she was absorbed by the Dutch defense during the match.
At the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Dutch player Maud Megens was also sent off after the other key-player Lieke Klaassen. 5 minutes before the end, the Hungarian team was leading by 8-7 with the goal of Ildikó Tóth.
Ildikó Tóth scored another goal 47 seconds before the end of the match. And that meant that Hungary became European Champion again! For the third time after 1991 and 2001, nemzetisport.hu reported.
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