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

ESP V AUS ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

0 - 5

Match Review ESP - AUS 0-5


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
AUS 9 10 FORD Russell FG 0 - 1
AUS 14 8 BUTTURINI Matthew FG 0 - 2
AUS 29 3 ORCHARD Simon FG 0 - 3
AUS 40 4 TURNER Glenn FG 0 - 4
AUS 69 11 OCKENDEN Eddie PC 0 - 5


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
AUS 7 27 GOVERS Kieran G
ESP 28 11 OLIVA Roc G
AUS 48 16 GOHDES Matt G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 KIM Hong Lae
Umpire 2 BLASCH Christian
Reserve Umpire HUTCHINSON Colin
Judge 1 BUDEISKY Alberto
Judge 2 KOSHIKO Ryuichi
Technical Officer DEVADAS Mathavan

Spain v. Australia 0-5 (half-time 0-3)

Australia continues to live up to its billing as the big favorite of the men’s tournament. The current World #1 had no problems dispatching Spain today in a 5-0 decision.

Russell Ford opened the scoring 10 minutes into action when he scooped up his own rebound and popped the ball past Spanish goalkeeper Francisco Cortes. Less than five minutes later Matthew Butturini doubled the lead when Ford threaded a pass through the Spanish defense for the easy marker.

The news got worse for Spain when Pol Amat was led off the field mid-half with an apparent shoulder injury after falling over an Australian player. Spain was already without the services of Santiago Freixa, who is out for the rest of the tournament with a broken arm.  

Australia continued to show no weakness in the second half as Glenn Turner promptly put in the 4-0 goal less than five minutes after the break to make it 4-0. In the final two minutes captain Edward Ockenden put the icing on the cake with the 5-0, top shelf, penalty corner goal. There was little hope for the Spaniards in the second half with both the big deficit and an Australian team that was firing on all pistons. That Spain limited Australia to just two goals in the second half was a moral victory as the damage could have been much worse.

Australia now has an impressive 11 goals in its first two outings and sits atop the Group A standings with six points. The outlook is not as bright for Spain, which has one point in its first two games and may now be without the service of yet another one of its key players depending on the severity of Amat’s injury.

(Eric Bailey)

  • Match 7
  • Date Wed, 1 Aug 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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