London 2012

Russian repeat for Britain

Hosts suffer narrow defeat

Last Updated: 07/08/12 10:29pm

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Olga Belova on the attack for Russia

Olga Belova on the attack for Russia

Great Britain were again beaten by Russia in the women's water polo tournament, meaning they can now finish seventh at best.

The rematch of a game in the group stages ended in an 11-9 defeat for Team GB.

Russia's win puts them in a play-off with China for fifth place in the competition, while Great Britain will play Italy in a bid to avoid the wooden spoon and six straight defeats.

Angie Winstanley-Smith put Great Britain in front in the opening quarter from a man-up situation, before Russia found the back of the net through a long-range effort.

The period ended 3-3, with the home team's scores coming from a Francesca Painter-Snell penalty and a Chloe Wilcox power-play goal.

Russia scored from a man-up to take the lead in the second quarter, before Painter-Snell found the back of the net again from long-distance.


Great Britain took a 5-4 lead into half-time after Wilcox was released down the centre and flicked the ball over the goalkeeper.

Russia edged the third quarter by two goals, pushing from a losing position into a winning one.

Goals from Painter-Snell, who bagged her hat-trick, and Hazel Musgrove kept Team GB in the contest as the score was 8-7 to Russia with one quarter remaining.

The Russians scored early from a counter-attack to pull two goals clear, before Winstanley-Smith scored a man-up to claw one back.

A penalty put the visitors into double figures, but Wilcox scored a man-up to claim her hat-trick and once again bring Team GB to within one goal of their opponents.

However, a long-distance goal for Russia restored their two-goal cushion which put the game beyond the reach of Great Britain.

Ekaterina Prokofyeva scored four for Russia, while Sofia Konukh bagged herself a hat-trick.

Evgeniia Khokhriakova netted a brace, as Nadezhda Fedotova and Evgeniya Ivanova scored one each.

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