European water polo championships, the Setterosa is bronze

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Netherlands beaten in final in Split

After the disappointment of the semifinal lost to Greece, the national women’s water polo team regained its smile on Friday evening: beating Holland 16-13, the Setterosa team in fact won the bronze medal, finishing on the continental podium behind Spain and Greece itself (9-6 the result of the final).

In the Split pool, the match was spectacular: at the first interval the score was 5-4 for the Azzuras, in net with Avegno (two goals), Picozzi, Giustini and Palmieri, while at the long break the score was 8-all, with two goals by Bianconi and another by Picozzi for Setterosa. In the third period, the Netherlands seemed to take the match into its own hands, leading 12-10 (Giustini and Vicava scored for Italy), but in the last fraction came the Azzurri’s acceleration: Bianconi scored three times, Giustini two and Picozzi to close on a high note at 16-13.

For Italy women’s water polo it is the first medal in a major event since 2019, when it won silver in the World League.

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