The France team reached the quarter-finals of the Water Polo Worlds this Sunday at the expense of Australia (11-8). A historic qualification, 37 years later for the Blues.
The day after qualifying for the round of 16 of the Water Polo World Cup, the French team was already back in the Fukuoka basin this Sunday morning. To the benefit of their 2nd place in group B, the Blues inherited a modest opponent, Australia, 3rd in their group. A meeting which quickly turned to the advantage of the Habs who broke away from the score in the first quarter (4-0). Despite the 2-5 wiped in the second act, the Blues remobilized in the third quarter time (4-2) to regain their distance on the scoreboard: 10-7. A gap maintained until the end of this 8th final won 11-8.
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France has qualified for the ¼ finals! The Blues beat Australia 11-8 after a high intensity encounter. France will play against Spain in the ¼ finals, it should be Tuesday 25 at 12:30 p.m. (Paris time)
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This is a historic qualification for France. The tricolor polo players had not reached this stage of the competition at the Worlds since 1986! It was in Madrid at the time and ironically it is Spain that awaits the Blues in the quarter. A mountain. Reigning world champions, the Iberians are in good shape. First in their group, like Italy in that of France, the defending champions were exempted from the round of 16. “We came here with the aim of going for a medal, so we have nothing to lose. The first goal to get into the eight confirmed the work” welcomed Thomas Vernoux, elected man of the match against Australia this Sunday.
“Spain is a team that is playing very well, especially at the moment, so it will be difficult to achieve our initial goal of a medal. We are there too, we prove with each match that we are better and better and, in a match, anything can happen. however, pointed out the resident of the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille.