The Malta waterpolo national team opened their commitments in the World Cup Division Two semi-finals with a 15-5 defeat to hosts Germany in Berlin on Friday.
The national team, under the charge of Niki Lanzon, in the absence of Milan Cirovic, were always going to find the going tough against the Germans.
But the Maltese outfit still managed to hold their own in the first two sessions of the match.
In fact, after losing the first quarter 5-2, the Maltese managed to keep pace with their opponents in the next two sessions, albeit they lost them by the minimal of margins, 3-2 and 2-1.
In the final session, the Germans eased home, winning the final quarter 5-0 to complete a resounding victory as the Maltese switched their focus on Friday’s second match against China.
Nikolai Zammit was Malta’s leading scorer with a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Sam Gialanze and Liam Galea.
MALTA: Jake Tanti, Mark Castillo, Liam Galea 1, Nicholas Bugelli, Sam Gialanze, Benjamin Cachia, Ben Plumpton, Jordan Camilleri, Jeremy Abela, Nikolai Zammit, Alec Fenech, Dino Zammit, Matthew Castillo.
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