Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

ESP V PAK ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

1 - 1

Match Review ESP - PAK 1-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
PAK 46 16 BUTT Rehan FG 0 - 1
ESP 47 25 QUEMADA Pau FG 1 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
PAK 9 11 ABBAS Sohail G
PAK 10 8 BHUTTA Muhammad Umar G
ESP 59 19 SALLES Marc G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 TAYLOR Simon
Umpire 2 IGGO Nigel
Reserve Umpire KIM Hong Lae
Judge 1 BUDEISKY Alberto
Judge 2 KOSHIKO Ryuichi
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Silver medallists from Beijing Spain, ranked 5th in the FIH World Rankings, opened their 2012 Olympic campaign against Pakistan, ranked 3 rows behind them. It took the two teams a while to settle down, with many turn-overs and unforced errors on both sides in the opening 10 minutes. The first chance was for Pakistan on penalty-corner, and Sohail Abbas, the master in this exercise, nearly hit the target, his powerful flick barely deflected on the crossbar by Francisco Cortes in the Spanish goal.

Spain was equally unsuccessful a few minutes later at the other end, with Pakistan salvaged by a superb stick save on the line by Muhammad Irfan. Neither team could take control of play, making for an exciting match with attacks flowing swiftly back and forth. Spain tried to develop collective moves, but the Pakistani were closing very quickly on them, leaving them no time to manoeuver. Pakistan used their speed to mount speedy counter-attacks and created good chances.

Spain had a tough time containing Pakistan in the closing stages of the period, but survived to reach half-time on a goalless score.

The contest got very heated in second period, with still nobody able to assume domination for a sustained period of time. Then the floodgates opened briefly and the crowd was treated to two splendid goals in less than one minute, first by Rehan Butt at the conclusion of a counter-attack that pierced the Spanish defense, then immediately after by Pau Quemada hammering in goal a long pass from midfield with a stunning reverse stick shot.

In the last 15 minutes, both teams had chances to make the break, but consistently struggled in the last pass or final shot. No more goals were scored and the match ended on a draw (1-1) which is a good result for Pakistan but might hurt Spain’s chances to reach the semi-finals.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 3
  • Date Mon, 30 Jul 2012
  • Time 13:45
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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