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GB water polo captain Izzy Dean: 'We panicked during Israel win'

GB water polo captain Izzy Dean tells Sports Mole that the team "panicked" towards the end of their win over Israel at the European Games.

GB water polo captain Izzy Dean has admitted that the team "panicked" towards the end of their first win of the European Games this afternoon.

Nick Buller's team eventually took victory over Israel by a 13-9 scoreline, but faced a nervy finish in the final quarter when their opponents found the net five times.

"We're really happy to win but I think we did make it a little bit harder than it could have been," Dean told Sports Mole afterwards. "We panicked at some moments, but obviously to get a win is really exciting for us and we're really happy to get the result.

"It was quite a panicked atmosphere, and we should learn from that - to just cool it down if it gets tighter. I think all of us knew that we probably were the stronger team and we just stuck in there."

In the final game of the group stage tomorrow, the GB girls face Hungary, one of the tournament favourites.

"We're looking forward to it," Dean added. "Obviously it's going to be a really tough game again, but we're just going to try our hardest, hopefully improve on the bits where we were a bit panicky today, and just look to get a small a goal difference as we can."

The match begins at 2pm UK time on Tuesday.

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Friday's key events

· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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