Greece’s men’s water polo team into semi-finals at world championships

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Greece’s men’s water polo team is into the semi-finals of the World Aquatics Championships in Japan after defeating Montenegro on Tuesday.

The Greek national team were victorious in the water polo quarter final with a 10-9 win against Montenegro.

The first minutes for Greece’s national team in the match were good, starting with a partial 2:0 against Genidounias. The Montenegrins then reduced it to 2-1 by the end of the first period.

In the second, the “blue and white” had a better start again, scored, took the lead again for 3-1 and reached 6-3 with the half-time finding the two teams with a score of 6-4 and Greece always in front.

Greek players celebrate the win against Montenegro on Tuesday. Credit: World Aquatics

At the beginning of the third period, the national team concedes a goal with Popanic making it 6-5, while the elusive Genidounias shot at 80 km per hour for 7-5. However, Montenegro then dropped to 7-6, while at the end of the period it tied at 7-7.

In the 48th minute, Montenegro lost an attack, while Nikolaidis won a penalty with Argyropoulos taking it and giving the lead to the national team again with 8-7. Radovic made it 8-8, Argyropoulos with a second goal in a row made it 9-8 while Spies again brought the balance to the match.

Zerdevas with a great double save kept Greece alive. Vlachos called a timeout and the national team, with the excellent goal of Skoumbakis, took the lead again and claimed victory with 10-9.

Greece will next face in the semi-final the winner of the Serbia – Italy water polo match.

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