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Italy beat Australia to bronze

Italy beat Australia in a penalty shootout to secure the bronze medal in the women's water polo at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan.

Italy have secured the bronze medal in the women's water polo competition at the World Swimming Championships in Russia, beating Australia in a penalty shootout.

The Italians looked to be heading for the final spot on the rostrum when Tania di Mario and Rosaria Aiello helped them to a 5-3 lead by the end of the second quarter.

Tania Di Mario #7 of Italy celebrates after scoring a goal in the Women's bronze medal match between Australia and Italy on day fourteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 2015© Getty Images

The Australian side hit back though, with Rowie Webster and Ash Southern tying the scores up, while Kelsey Wakefield make a string of saves to stop Italy adding to their score in the third.

With the two sides splitting four points in the final quarter, the match went to a penalty shootout, with Italy scoring all five of their penalty shots, while Giulia Gorlero kept out two of the Aussies' attempts, handing her side a 12-10 victory.

The USA face the Netherlands for the gold medal later this evening.

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