There was no stopping the Greek women’s national team in the semifinal of the World Championship as it triumphed 14-11 over Italy on July 27 to reach the tournament’s final for the first time.
The players of coach Giorgos Morfesis were on top from the start to the end of the encounter, leaving no breathing space to the Italians thanks to their great scoring rate and their superior psychology.
The Greeks transformed a slender 3-2 lead after the first period into a 6-2 advantage midway through the second, forcing the Italian side to play catch-up for the rest of the match in Shanghai.
Antigoni Roumbesi, Angeliki Gerolymou and Stavroula Antonakou scored three goals each for Greece, which has a perfect record of five wins in as many games in China.
“This success is similar to that of the 2004 Olympic Games,» said Morfesis, referring to the silver medal the national team had earned in Athens.
Greece will now play China in the final on July 29.