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Defending Olympic champion Italy takes on United States in the group A preliminary round. Italy jumps out to an early lead but USA levels the score at 4-4 before the half time. Team USA, bronze medallists in Athens 2004, take the lead back but just temporarily because Italy scores in a successful last minute attempt, tying the score at 9-9 in the dying seconds of the match. Water Polo Women's Preliminary Group A - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - ITA, USA