US beat Aussies in semi-final

The United States has defeated Australia 11-9 in the women's water polo semi-final.
The United States has defeated Australia 11-9 in the women's water polo semi-final. Getty Images Sport - Al Bello

THE Australian women's water polo team has failed to move through to the gold medal match after a dramatic extra-time 9-11 loss to the United States.

In a tight match, the Americans seemed to have the game wrapped up with a second on the clock, but a late penalty took the game into extra-time.

However, the United States proved too strong, winning with two early extra-time goals.

The Australians flew out to a two goal lead at the start of the match, but the United States' team clawed its way back before establishing a two goal lead of its own.

The last quarter saw the Australians start a goal behind, but despite a better showing in front of goal, still trailed by the solitary goal with one attack left in the game. 

Laying siege to the Americans' goal, the Australians somehow, in a sea of arms and legs, earn't a five metre penalty with a second on the clock.

However, extra-time gave little reprieve for the Australian's, the United States moving through to meet the winner of Hungary versus Spain.

Australia will meet the loser in the bronze medal match.

Topics:  london olympics, water polo

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