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

GBR V ARG ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

4 - 1

Match Review GBR - ARG 4-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 22 18 MIDDLETON Barry PC 1 - 0
GBR 42 18 MIDDLETON Barry FG 2 - 0
GBR 49 27 FOX Dan FG 3 - 0
GBR 53 29 SMITH Richard PC 4 - 0
ARG 55 5 IBARRA Pedro PC 4 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
ARG 21 3 BERGNER Ignacio G
GBR 34 26 CATLIN Nick G
GBR 46 10 DALY Matt Y
ARG 47 26 MAZZILLI Agustin Y
ARG 61 5 IBARRA Pedro Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 PRASAD Raghu
Umpire 2 BLASCH Christian
Reserve Umpire VAN EERT Roel
Judge 1 de SALES Claudius
Judge 2 BRACA Guido
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Great Britain made their opening statement of intent as they battered their way to an opening group win, running riot in the second half to beat Argentina in a bruising affair, pock-marked with sin-binnings. Ashley Jackson’s sleight of hand played its part in killing off of the tie, creating goals for Barry Middleton and a first international strike for Dan Fox before Richard Smith’s drag-flick found its way in.

It added to Middleton’s first half punch-shot, putting GB 4-0 up before Pedro Ibarra got a late consolation from a corner, earned by Lucas Vila’s review. A slew of early, niggly fouls set the tone for a muscular game, both sides hyped up for the battle. Matt Daly thought he had given his side an early lead, fishing the ball out of Juan Manuel Vivaldi’s pads and netting in the fifth minute but a review denied a goal, the ball brushing his body in the act.

Physical tackles were very much in vogue and Ignacio Bergner was the first to go for a break. During his two-minute absence, Barry Middleton pounced, rebounding superbly off Vivaldi after Richard Smith’s initial drag-flick was palmed into his path. Vivaldi denied Jackson in the next phase while Argentina’s best chance fell to Facundo Callioni but a combination of James Fair and Iain Lewers forced him wide.

The same man was denied just after the break, ramping Agustin Mazilli’s powerful pass into Fair’s midriff. But Great Britain were always the more powerful force, probing the baselines and they hit the front when Jackson’s slip of the wrists opened up Middleton’s route for his second, albeit through Vivaldi’s legs. Again, Jackson’s quick thinking played in Fox for a truly brilliant team goal, a pitch length breakaway which the GB man gleefully pummelled home. Smith’s low drag made it three goals in 12 minutes and an unassailable lead, only sullied by Ibarra's low corner.

  • Match 5
  • Date Mon, 30 Jul 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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