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Dutch water polo players take bronze at the World Cup after catching up against Italy | Other sports

The Dutch water polo players have won bronze at the World Cup in Hungary. The team of national coach Evangelos Doudesis defeated Italy in the match for third place 7-5 after trailing 1-4. The Orange had lost 13-12 to the host country in the semifinals.

The water polo players reached the final of the World Cup in 2015, in which they lost to the United States. Three years later they won the European title in Barcelona. Since then, the water polo players at the World Cups and the European Championships have always remained outside the medals. Under the leadership of the new national coach Doudesis, the successor of Arno Havenga who left after the disappointing Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Orange squad took bronze in Budapest thanks to a great catch-up race.

Two days after the defeat against the Hungarian women, Doudesis’ team took the lead in the ‘consolation final’ via Ilse Koolhaas. Italy, however, took the initiative and went on to lead 4-1. The Orange showed resilience and tied the score again at the end of the third quarter via Sabrina van der Sloot. In the last quarter, the Dutch water polo players took the bronze via goals from Simone van de Kraats, Nina ten Broek and Brigitte Sleeking. Keeper Laura Aarts, who conceded only one goal after the break, was chosen as the best player of the match.

Later on Saturday, Hungary and the United States will compete for the world title in the open-air bath in Budapest.

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Dutch water polo players take bronze at the World Cup after catching up against Italy | Other sports
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