Swimming World Cup 2019: German water polo loser against Italy - but cheer anyway
A few seconds were still to play, Germany's water polo could have in the preliminary round duel at the swimming World Cup against Italy theoretically still be able to equalize. Then coach Hagen Stramm took a break at possession - and slowed his team. They should play quietly, he exclaimed, no longer losing the ball, no attacks, and the TV microphones also heard this sentence: "This is the most beautiful defeat we have ever had."
The German water polo let pass the last seconds without offensive action. 7: 8 (2: 1, 2: 3, 3: 2, 0: 2), it was finally, for Germany, it was the first defeat in the third and final group match at the swimming World Cup in South Korea. But it was also a bankruptcy, which could get over the team of national coach Stramm at this level: As a runner-up behind Italy, the selection may continue to hope for the quarter-finals, in the upcoming playoff round to qualify for the round of the last eight teams Germany on Sunday in South Africa (11.30 clock).
In defeat with three goals strong Spain would have waited
For the German water polo players this is a bearable opponent: South Africa was third in Group C, but conceded significant defeats against Hungary (5:23) and Spain (3:23). The Spanish selection would have been Germany's playoff opponents, had the German water poloers with three goals difference against Italy lost. This scenario did not materialize, and that's probably why national coach Stramm should have spoken of a "nice defeat" seconds before the final whistle.
"That's probably the sweetest defeat of my career," said Stamm after the final whistle, which proved victorious before the duel against South Africa: "I think we can celebrate the entry into the top 8. This would be a giant step for the German water polo and great for the boys. " Most recently, the DSV selection in 2011 in Shanghai in the World Cup quarter-finals confessed.
Against the clear favorite Italy showed Dennis Eidner, with three goals best throwers, and goalkeeper Moritz Schenkel in good shape. Also, the ligament-tearing Marko strain met again.