US beats Spain 13-6 to defend water polo title at worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The U.S. women's water polo team claimed a record-extending fifth world championship with a 13-6 win over Spain in the final on Friday.

Kiley Neushul scored four goals to help the two-time Olympic champions win back-to-back titles at the worlds. The pre-tournament favorites had beaten Russia 14-9 in the semifinal.

Spain fought valiantly to stay level at 3-3 before quick-fire goals from Neushul and Madeline Musselman finally gave the U.S. some breathing space at halftime.

Captain Margaret Steffens also chipped in with a couple of goals for what turned out to be a comfortable win on the back of some committed defending.

The U.S. had been the first women's water polo nation to win four worlds, after victories in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015.

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