The US men’s water polo team suffered a disappointing loss to Hungary in the final game of group play, but will still advance to the quarterfinals despite dropping its last two matches. Hungary played its best match of the Olympics thus far, beating the USA, 11-6.
With a win, the American team would have secured second place in Group B, but now it will almost assuredly finish fourth – assuming Montenegro beats Great Britain on Monday. Seeing as the closest game the British have played was a 13-7 loss to USA, it’s fair to speculate that Montenegro will take care of business.
Now Team USA will play gold-medal favorite and world No. 1 Croatia in the quarterfinal. Croatia plays incredibly strong defense, having allowed an Olympics-low 29 goals during the group stage. Hungary finished third in the pool and will play the winner of the Spain and Italy match.
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