The Warriors fell defeated on Wednesday morning before the almighty Russia (26-36), the current Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro , and his ticket to the semifinals of the World Cup hangs by a miracle. Specifically, that Sweden does not win Montenegro . A draw or defeat of the Scandinavian team would qualify Spain for the qualifiers, which begin this Friday. A difficult company. Very difficult.
Spain succumbed to Russian rule and its goalkeeper, Sedoykina , who accumulated 13 stops in 24 pitches and took the MVP of the match. A colossal performance. Only ' Shandy' Barbosa could put in trouble the goalkeeper, who maniaó to Ainhoa Hernández, the second top scorer of the selection. It took Nerea Pena a world to get warm. And he did it late, in a second half in which Las Guerreras had already delivered the spoon.
The national team started the game with the tranquility of the Pre-Olympic under his arm. Tuesday's agonizing victory against host Japan had sealed the ticket for the appointment of the month of March, Spain's initial goal in this championship. Six victories, one draw and one defeat - in an immaculate first phase, with five victories - has been the baggage of Carlos Viver's girls in the first two phases of the tournament.
Spain, to which a draw served to be in the semifinals, started intensely. A regular during the championship on Japanese soil. 'Shandy' Barbosa opened the game with a front pitch and Ainhoa Hernández extended the lead from the pivot. Until there, and for just two minutes, came the joy of the players of Carlos Viver. Because Russia signed a 5-0 run and would never be behind on the scoreboard again.
The Russian goalkeeper, Sedoykina , became huge under the sticks. Seven interventions in the first half. Only 'Shandy', with five goals, was solid in his pitches. The table directed by the Spanish Ambros Martin, a great favorite to gold, went to rest with four goals ahead (16-12).
Navarre Nerea Pena landed late, when Russia was already leading by ten goals on the scoreboard (26-16). Sedoykina, who followed his goal, rejected every pitch by the Spanish team, desperate at all times. The Olympic champion finished the encounter with the substitute players, constantly taking advantage of the empty Spanish goal. Neither Silvia Navarro - only three stops - was saved from the lashes of the Russian team.
From 12.30 pm (Spanish time), Spain will be very aware of that match between Sweden and Montenegro, which could mean qualifying for the semifinals of the World Cup. A defeat or a draw by the Swedish team would launch the team led by Carlos Viver towards the qualifiers, last reached at the 2011 World Cup. Then the bronze medal was hung. Now, fighting for medals, depends on Montenegro .
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