A winning streak of over a year ended today when the Italian women’s water polo team stunned the USA in group play at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. The typically robust US defense failed them in the first half with the Italians proving their scoring skills to earn a 6-3 lead at the half. Six goals by the Americans in the second stanza were not enough to overcome the Italian advantage on this day. By 10 goals to nine Italy beats the US, their first loss since June of last year when Hungary defeated them at the FINA World League Super Final.
Italy’s Rai Sport 1 captured all the action, while Universal Sports Network offers its own condensed version of events.