Team USA can't keep up with Spain in water polo quarterfinals

Posted at 12:46 AM, Aug 04, 2021


The United States kept Spain at bay during the first half of their quarterfinal match at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on Wednesday. But the European team -- whose Alvaro Granados is the tournament's top scorer, with a cumulative total of 17 goals so far -- dumped the Americans in the last two quarters, winning 12-8.

Team USA won their most recent medal in men's water polo at the 2008 Beijing Games, where they took home silver after losing to Hungary in the final.

Spain moves onto the semifinals, two wins away from gold. They remain perfect -- six for six, between their five preliminary matches and this quarterfinal -- at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.