The Dutch water polo players were unable to deliver a surprise on Wednesday in their second game at the World Cup in Hungary. Orange lost to defending champions USA (7-11) and now need to reach the quarterfinals via a diversion.
American women have won the title at the last three World Cups and the last three Olympics. The team finished first in Hungary and was the first real test for the Netherlands after last year’s Games in Tokyo, where the Orange team was stuck in the quarterfinals.
The Netherlands, who started Monday with a convincing victory over Argentina (29-6), are already 3-6 behind the United States. In the second half, Greek national coach Evangelos Dudesis’ team returned from 4-9 to 7-9, but otherwise did not let the six-time world champion come to Depressin.
Seventeen-year-old Lola Mulhuisen, along with Simone van de Groats, has two wins for the Orange. Routine Sabrina van der Slut missed all seven of her shots on Ashley Johnson’s goal, which proved why she is seen as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Due to the fourteenth consecutive defeat against the United States, the Netherlands will have to play in the interim round to advance to the last eight. Only the winner of the group will qualify for the quarterfinals, and the Orange team will not be able to overtake the American team. Numbers two and three of the four groups go to the intermediate round.
The Netherlands concludes the group stage on Friday with a match against South Africa. The last player in Group B lost his first two matches and generally had no matches for the Orange women.
Standing Committee b
- 1. US: 2-4 (+26)
- 2. Netherlands: 2-2 (+19)
- 3. Argentina: 2-2 (-22)
- 4. South Africa: 2-0 (-23)
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