Spain Drew Level Four Times to Beat Greece

first_imgSpain drew level four times with the last five seconds from fulltime to force a shootout and win it 4-2. Greece gained the edge in the first quarter thanks to the equaliser and go-ahead goal by Eleftheria Plevritou and Nikoleta Eleftheriadou made it 3-1 from deep left, FINA reports.Beatriz Ortiz opened the scoring on extra for Spain and she gained another late in the period. Alkisti Avramidou shifted the score to 4-1 on extra with some controlled play.However, Spain struck back with Judith Forca shifting on to the post on extra to score and Beatriz Ortiz netted her third and 10th for the tournament to level at 2:09. Christina Kotsia took Greece back to the lead with a well-placed shot from top left to the bottom right. Both teams called a timeout in the last minute before the long break with no scoring success. Spain took the advantage in the third period, Forca sending in a slow lob down the right side and nearly three minutes later, Beatriz Ortiz fired in her fourth when free at the top and sending the ball under the arm of Eleni Kouvdou for the 6-5 lead.Eleni Xenaki arrested the slide when she drew the exclusion, shifted to the deep-right position and converted the extra-man attack. Kotsia re-took the lead for Greece at 2:10 with a cross-cage shot. Before tonight she had scored just one goal in Budapest so obviously she was saving her best for the sharp end of the tournament.Trantafyllia Manolioudaki of Greece reacts after Greece lost to Spain in the women’s water polo quarterfinal match between Greece and Spain at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)Both teams took timeouts, but shots went wide. The small crowd who stayed to witness the fourth quarter-final was treated to an excellent match-up and witnessed Greece swim to the last quarter in front. Spain’s Matilde Ortiz snapped up a rebound in front of goal to level on the first attack and Anna Espar converted a penalty when Christina Tsoukala gained her third major foul. Suddenly, Spain was in front at 7:07. Avramidou levelled a minute later with a spinning shot, which skipped into the bottom right. Kotsia made it three and took Greece back in front when her shot from the top was deflected into goal by Matilde Ortiz.Paula Leiton scored her 11th goal and first of the match from right-hand catch for 9-9 at 4:21. Shots kept coming with no conversions until Xenaki backhanded in from centre forward at 1:31 and 10-9. Spain went to a timeout and on the extra-man attack patiently passed the ball until Forca rammed the ball home with five seconds left, forcing the shootout. The first two shots each made the scoreboard, the third pair missed, Spain score, Greece missed and Helena Lloret punched in the winner to send Spain to the medal round.GREECE: Eleni Kouvdou, Christina Tsoukala, Vasiliki Diamantopoulou, Nikoleta Eleftheriadou (1), Margarita Plevritou, Alkisti Avramidou (2), Alexandra Asimaki, Ioanna Chydirioti, Christina Kotsia (3), Triantafyllia Manolioudaki, Eleftheria Plevritou (2), Eleni Xenaki (2), Chrysoula Diamantopoulou. Head Coach: Georgios Morfesis.SPAIN: Laura Ester, Marta Bach, Anna Espar (1), Beatriz Ortiz (4), Matilda Ortiz (1), Helena Lloret, Clara Espar, Pilar Pena, Judith Forca (3), Paula Crespi, Anna Gual, Paula Leiton (1), Sandra Domene. Head Coach: Miguel Oca.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more