Greece and Turkey are frequently rivals in and out of the sporting arena, but a whitewash of Turkey’s water polo side by their Greek opponents on Monday has set social media ablaze.
The mismatch at the 2018 Men’s European Water Polo Championship in Barcelona saw a rampant Greece lead by 11 goals at half time, eventually restricting their Turkish opponents to a solitary score and running out eventual 27-1 winners.
According to a report in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News, social media users rounded on the team, with one demanding to know if the Turkish side could even swim.
Another Twitter user sarcastically suggested the “strong current” in the swimming pool may have impeded the Turkish team’s performance.
Running until July 28, Greece is in the Group C qualifying stage with Turkey, Croatia and the Netherlands. If Turkey repeats such a sub-par performance it faces the possibility of missing out on qualification or a play-off spot.