Hungary Women post 13-goal victory over France
Hungary Women started their joint-World League and Europa Cup qualifying campaign in style on Tuesday evening by winning all four quarters against France and ultimately prevailing 13-4 in the Bitskey Aréna in Eger.
Gyöngyössy and Dorottya Szilágyi on the occasions of their 50th international caps, while Dóra Csabai was recognised for her 15th appearance on the international stage
and Gabriella Szücs celebrated her 250th appearance for the Hungary national team.
Eger, hosting its first international fixture since 2013, was host to several hundred fans from Budapest while the Carpathian Brigade was also in noisy and supportive
They nearly had cause to celebrate immediately too but Hungary's first attack ended with a superb save from France goalkeeper Derenty. France soon found themselves two
down but pulled one back, only for Hungary's world-class goalscoring ace Rita Keszthelyi to complete a first-quarter hat-trick and give her team a 3-1 lead at the
Again, France halved the deficit early in the next quarter but Vanda Vályi re-established the two-goal advantage and Gurisatti extended it to three, both those coming from player-advantage situations. Keszthelyi grabbed her fourth goal ten seconds before the half-time hooter as Hungary basked in a commanding 7-2 lead at the halfway stage.
Indeed, the pattern of the game remained the same in the third period, Hungary showing their undoubted superiority through Vályi's penalty earned by Gyöngyössy, Dóra Leimeter's superb finish and Szilágyi's successful strike. Daule scored for France but replacement goalkeeper Orsolya Kasó snuffed out any thoughts of an unlikely comeback by saving a five-metre penalty. The final quarter came and went without any alarms, Anna Illés and Keszthelyi ensuring a 2-1 success which brought about the final result of 13-4.
Women's Joint World League and Europa Cup qualifier, 2nd matchday
Hungary 13-4 France (3-1, 4-1, 4-1, 2-1)
Eger, Bitskey swimming pool, vezette: Schwartz (ISR), Daskalopoulus (GRE)
Hungary: Gangl – Szilágyi 1, Szücs, Illés 1, Keszthelyi 6, Vályi V. 2, Gyöngyössy. Replacements: Máté, Gurisatti 2, Leimeter 1, Csabai, Garda, Kasó (GK). Head coach: Attila Bíró
France: Derenty – Millot 1, Bachelier, Guillet, Mahieu, Paillat 1, Daule 2. Replacements: Leroux, Grass, Deschampt, Clerc, Bacquet, Vo Nan (GK). Head coach: Florian Bruzzo
Spain 13-5 Israel
Netherlands 7-9 Italy
3rd matchday, December 1st 2018
4th matchday, December 4th 2018
5th matchday, December 15th 2018
6th matchday, December 18th 2018
7th matchday, January 12th 2019
8th matchday, January 15th 2019
9th matchday, February 12th 2019
10th matchday, 5th March 2019
The Europa Cup Final Six tournament will take place between 28th-31st March 2019 in a host city which is still to be confirmed.
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