WPWL Women's Super Final, Day 5: USA and Australia will play for the gold

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It's official, the defending champions, team USA, engaged in a showdown with Australia for the final while the Netherlands will be playing China in the bronze medal match on the last day of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League Super Final 2015 on Sunday.

Canada will meet Russia in the match of 5th place and Italy will compete with Brazil for the 7th place on June 14, the last day of Super Final.

Below is the report of the fifth day of competition, which took place in Shanghain on Satirday June 13.

Game 17: ITALY 10  RUSSIA 13 / Quarters: (1-2, 1-2, 4-1, 3-4, penalty shoot-out 2-4)

ITALY: Gorlero Giulia, Tabani Chiara (1), Garibotti Arianna (1), Radicchi Federica, Queirolo Elisa, Aiello Rosaria (1), Di Mario Tania (Captain, 2), Bianconi Roberta (4), Emmolo Giulia (1), Pomeri Francesca, Cotti Aleksandra (1), Frassinetti Teresa, Teani Laura. Head Coach: Fabio Conti.

RUSSIA: Verkhoglyadova Anastasia, Borisova Maria (2), Prokofyeva Ekaterina (Captain, 1), Karimova Elvina (3), Krimer Kseniia, Ivanchishina Kseniil (2), Tankeeva Ekaterina, Zubacheva Ekaterina (1), Timofeeva Anna (1), Bogdanova Anna, Ivanova Evgeniya (3), Iarondaykina Nadezhda, Karnaukh Anna. Coach: Ogorodnikov Aleksandr   

Game report: Russia opened the gate 2-0 within four minutes and dominated the game most of the times while Italy only came from behind for a 5-4, 6-5 short lead in the third quarter. Thanks for Bianooni Roberta's goal in the last one and half minute, Italy caught up Russia 9-9 and went into penalty shoot out session.  However, Italian Queirolo Elisa and Emmolo Giuilia missed the first and last shots while the Russians hit all the four goals.

ITA vs RUS. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:

Fabio Conti- ITA Head Coach:

"Congratulations to Russia. They played good especially when their head coach was back home and one of their player got injured. Our team arrived here very tired, not only the body but also in mind. We need to focus on our next game tomorrow.”

Ogorodnikov Aleksandr- RUS coach:

“Tomorrow we will play the fifth place. Our goal keeper was injured, so we have to use another young one.”

Game 18: CANADA 8 BRAZIL 6 / Quarters: 3-1, 1-3, 4-1, 0-1

CANADA: Gaudreault Jessica, Alogbo Krystina (Captain), Monton Katrina, Wright Emma, Eggens Monika (1), Mckee Kelly (1), Bekhazi Joelle (2), Fournier Shae, Eggens Carmen, Robinson Christine, Valin Stephanie (4), Perreault Dominique, Colterjohn Nicola. Head Coach: Begin Johanne   

BRAZIL: Oliveira Tess, Bahia Viviane, Zablith Marina (Captain, 1), Canetti Marina, Barroncas Lucianne, Chiappini Izabella (3), Oliveira Amanda, Carvalho Luiza, Dias Melani (1), Fernandes Flavia, Coutinho Mirella (1), Mantellato Gabriela, Chamorro Victoria. Head Coach: Patrick Oaten     

CAN vs BRA. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Game report: Brazil played balanced and stable in each quarter and gave great pressure to the Canadians. Valin Stephanie scored for four times and helped Canada 8-6 dominance over Brazil.

Flash quotes:

Begin Johanne - CAN Head Coach:

“I am not happy with the game. They are tired mentally. Everybody here is physically tired. Now what makes it difference it is mental power. Being the bottom four, it is our mentally playing bad. It is not the good reason. We are a team that constructing a way of playing . We need to make progress, even we are in the bottom four. I am really happy with the game but I will take it. At least it is a win, better than loss. Right now, we are feeling good about our defense and fixing our offense. We are trying to use new team and we are not comfortable about that. We are progressing.”

Patrick Oaten - BRA Head Coach:

“We made improvement in the tournament. Each game is a good experience for us. To play more games we can be a better team. We made big mistakes that cost us. If we cut down the big mistakes we would make it different. We need to take one quarter at the time. I am happy with the defense, and offense is fatigue in the fourth quarter.”

Game 19: NETHERLANDS- 5 USA 8 / Quarters: 1-2, 1-3, 0-3, 3-0.

NETHERLANDS: Aarts Laura, Smit Miloushka (Captain), Genee Dagmar, Van der sloot Catharina (2), Genee Amarens, Stomphorst Nomi, Nijhuis Marloes (1), Sevenich Vivian (1), Megens Maud, Van toorn Isabella, Klaassen Lieke, Van der molen Leonie (1), Willemsz Debby. Head Coach: Arno Havenga 

USA: Hill Samantha, Musselman Madeline, Seidermann Melissa, Fattal Rachel (1), Clark Caroline, Steffens Margaret (Captain), Mathewson Courtney, Neushul Kiley , Grossman Ashley (2), Gilchrist Kaleigh (1), Fischer Makenzie (2), Craig Kameryn (2), Johnson Ashleigh. Head Coach: Adam Krikorian.

NED vs USA. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Game report: The defending champion never met real challenges with their solid defense and fast start 5-2 in the first half. US enlarged the gap to 8-2 after the third quarter and turned to relaxed in the last quarter as the Netherlands shot 3 goals to make it 5-8.

Flash quotes:

Arno Havenga - NED Head Coach:

“My team felt very tired now. USA is a very strong team, the number one in the world women's water polo. Also today they played very well. We found difficult to get to the goal. They were really defensive. We played them four times within two week and every time we get better, so we can be satisfied. We made some mistakes in the center positions that cost our goals. But I think we played a very good discipline defensive.”

Adam Hrikorain _USA Head Coach:

“It is interesting that we play with the Netherlands for four times during the last two weeks. We are getting familiar and get tired of each other. It is good we are happy with the win and with the defensive way we played. We look forward for the final tomorrow.”

Game 20: CHINA 3 AUSTRALIA 5 / Quarters: 1-3, 0-1, 1-1, 1-0.

CHINA: Yang Jun, Tian Jianing, Mei Xiaohan, Xiong Dunhan, Niu Guannan (1), Sun Yating (Captain), Song Donglun, Zhang Cong, Zhao Zihan (1), Zhang Weiwei, Wang Xinyan, Zhang Jing (1), Peng Lin. Head Coach: Recardo Azevedo   

AUSTRALIA: Yanitsas Lea, Barr Chloe (1), Buckling Hannah, Lincoln-Smith Holly, Bishop Isobel, Knox Bronwen (Captain, 2), Gofers Keesja, McGhie Glencora, Arancini Zoe, Southern Ashleigh (1), Halligan Bronte, Zagame Nicola (1), Wakefield Kelsey. Head Coach: Greg McFadden.

Game report: The pace-setter can always win at last as Australia shot their first goal within 30 seconds, and added two more goals less than 4 minutes 3-0. China's Zhang Jing had 1 shot for 3-1 in the first quarter. Both teams played the most defensive games so far of the tournament with the fewest scores 5-3.     

CHN vs AUS. Photo credit: Gao Yuchen

Flash quotes:

Recardo Azevedo - CHN Head Coach:

“We played fantastic that we only allowed Australia a 5-3 victory today. We missed key players Yang Jun and Song Donglun due to injuries. Every game we played better. We could play Canada if we don't make mistakes, to a team like Australia and United States. We made mistakes in the first three, four minutes and we climbed up the whole way. You can not go behind in the beginning. I am happy with the girls as they have tried their best for the last two weeks and swam back and forth until the last second of the game. We train for that.”

Greg McFadden - AUS Head Coach:

“It will be very hard to play USA in the final. We scored less is because of the combination of tiredness, pressure and long week schedule. But we had three goals very quickly in the first quarter and the way we start the game is very crucial for our victory.”