Russian water polo players lost to Serbia team in first match of European Championship – Sport


TASS, January 14th. The Russian national team lost to the Serbian team in the first match of the group stage of the European Water Polo Championship. Competitions are held in Budapest.

The meeting ended with a score of 13: 9 in favor of the Serbs. In another group B match, the Netherlands team defeated the Romanians (9: 8). In group A, the Montenegrins defeated the Slovaks (15: 4), the Croats defeated the Germans (17: 9). In group C, the Spanish team outplayed Malta (23: 7), in group D the Georgians were stronger than the French team (9: 7).

The Russians, without scoring points in the debut match, close the standings, the Serbian team leads with three points, the Netherlands team takes second place, the Romanian team comes third (0).

The European Championship is attended by 16 teams, which are divided into four groups. The Russian team plays in group B with the teams of the Netherlands, Romania and Serbia. The winners of each of the groups will enter the quarterfinal, the teams that took second and third places in their quartets will play in the 1/8 finals. In the next match of the group round, the Russians will meet with the Dutch team on January 16.

The European Championship will end on January 26. The tournament is qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the winner of the European championship will receive a ticket to the Olympics.


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