On a path so full of success it seems difficult, but the men’s water polo team has made history this Tuesday at get the first European of his entire career. A prize that, in an Olympic year, is worth double because it means the direct ticket to the Paris 2024 Games.
Spain has imposed itself by 11-10 to Croatia in a final at the limit that was resolved in the last seconds thanks to a genius in the form of a goal from behind by Álvaro Granados. From the famous 42 seconds of the Olympic final in Barcelona to the 48″ that remained after the wonderful shot by the VK Novi Beograd player.
Before the wonder of the Spanish player, the final had been practically lost, with a lead of minus two (8-10) four minutes from the end. But in the minutes when the ball weighs much more, David Martín’s selection became strongwith a 3-0 run and a double in the history of Granados.
Merit, furthermore, complemented by the goal Unai Aguirrewho closed the blinds in the last room and did not allowed not a single Croatian goala counterpoint to a match that went to half-time with a 7-6 score in favor of the Croatian team that invited us to think of a high final score.
Three-time world champion (Perth 1998, Fukuoka 2001 and recently in Budapest 2022) yuonce olympic gold (Atlanta 1996), men’s water polo has collected medals of all kinds in any international event for decades. But until this Tuesday he had not raised his arms in a European Championship, where he has not left the podium since 2018 and had three runners-up finishes and four bronze medals.
He water polo bears fruit again; not in vain is one of the star sports of Spain at the level of achievements, because the success of the boys is added the runner-up achieved by the women’s team days ago, when they only lost to the host Netherlands in a final with a lot of controversy due to refereeing.