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Greece let down by missed penalties

The men’s water polo team lost 6-5 to Germany in its fourth game at the European Championship in Croatia, dashing all hopes of qualifying to the top six of the tournament, which would have secured it a ticket to next year’s World Championship. A poor showing in the first half saw the Germans take a 5-1 lead in the third period, as the Greeks could not even score from the penalty spot – they had one in three. The loss dampened the team’s joy at its previous victory over the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and draw with the mighty Hungarians. «We showed from the start that we were too nervous; we did not enter the game well and we had a slow response,» national manager Tassos Doumbas said in reference to the game against Germany. Meanwhile, the women’s national team is likely to seal the second position in its group and could even reach the top spot, if it manages to thrash host Croatia by more than 25 goals so that it can surpass Russia. Greece drew against the Russians 7-7 on Wednesday.