Olympics water polo: Great Britain's women exit from last eight

Francesca Painter-Snell of Great Britain

Great Britain's women suffered an agonising water polo quarter-finals defeat, losing 9-7 to Spain.

A packed crowd urged on Team GB in the purpose-built water polo arena, but a win for the home side was not to be.

Pre-tournament favourites Australia suffered an almighty scare, tying 16-16 with China. It took a fifth penalty throw for the Aussies to progress.

The United States will face Australia in the last four having beaten Italy 9-6 while Hungary surprised Russia 11-10.

Francesca Painter-Snell's hat-trick for Britain will provide encouragement for followers of the hosts after these Games.

GB were just a goal behind Spain entering into the last 30 seconds of the fourth period, but a Maica Garcia strike from the centre ended the contest.

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