Team GB 5 Italy 10: Women's water polo team finish bottom of group after defeat
19:42 GMT, 3 August 2012
19:57 GMT, 3 August 2012
Great Britain slipped to a third successive defeat in the women's water polo tonight to finish bottom of group B.
The 10-5 loss to Italy sets up a tough clash with the winners of Group A in the quarter-finals.Team GB let their physical opponents get away, losing each quarter by a narrow margin.
Italy were first on the scoresheet as the talismanic Tania di Maria converted a penalty.
Bottom: Ciara Gibson-Byrne (right) and her team-mates were unable to prevent their side finishing bottom of the group
Ciara Gibson-Byrne rattled the woodwork twice before slotting in at the near post from a man-up situation to level the scores and send the home crowd wild.
Italy converted a power-play to go ahead before Alex Rutlidge made the most of a Great Britain man-up to bring the score level at 2-2.
The Italians then netted twice to make it 4-2 after the first period.
Both sides missed extra-man opportunities in the second quarter, before Simona Abbate and Di Maria extended Italy's lead to four.
Francesca Painter-Snell scored a counter-attack goal to take the score to 6-3 at half-time.
Italy again scored two unanswered goals early in the third quarter to extend their lead to five as Painter-Snell rattled the woodwork again for Team GB.
Impressive: Simona Abbate and the rest of her team were too strong for the Team GB outfit
Gibson-Byrne got her second of the match with a powerful shot right at the end of the third to make it 8-4, but Abbate was then first to score in the fourth period to restore Italy's five-goal lead.
Team GB called a time-out after a major foul from the Italians, but the hosts wasted the opportunity to peg them back, shooting over the crossbar.
Italy stretched their lead into double figures before Chloe Wilcox scored a penalty in the last minute to ensure a 10-5 finish.
Italy drivers Di Maria and Giulia Enrica Emmoldo both netted hat-tricks, while Abbate and Teresa Frassinetti both scored a brace.