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

RSA V ESP ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 3

Match Review RSA - ESP 2-3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
RSA 26 25 REID-ROSS Justin PC 1 - 0
ESP 30 19 SALLES Marc PC 1 - 1
ESP 42 25 QUEMADA Pau FG 1 - 2
ESP 55 7 DELAS Miquel PC 1 - 3
RSA 63 10 NORRIS-JONES Lloyd FG 2 - 3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
RSA 18 9 HYKES Julian G
RSA 30 14 HALKETT Rhett G
ESP 43 23 ALEGRE David G
RSA 47 3 CRONJE Andrew G
RSA 52 31 PANTHER Clinton G
ESP 59 11 OLIVA Roc G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 MONTES DE OCA German
Umpire 2 PULLMAN Tim
Reserve Umpire BLASCH Christian
Judge 1 de SALES Claudius
Judge 2 CORNOFSKY Larry
Technical Officer QUAYE KUMAN Nii

Spain kept their hopes outside hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive as they netted their first win of the campaign, all but condemning South Africa to the minor placings. In a lively clash, South Africa hit the front first through Justin Reid-Ross but Marc Salles, Pau Quemada and Miguel Delas replied to put the game out of reach despite Lloyd Norris-Jones late goal.

The Spanish began the game with just 14 outfield players at their disposal as injuries to Santi Freixa and Pol Amat meant they could only call upon reserve goalkeeper Xavier Trenchs to fill their bench. Sergi Enrique’s suspension curtailed their numbers further.

And things looked to be going further against them when Reid-Ross got the first of three corner goals in the game in the 26th minute. It was heavily deflected as his drag-flick first clipped the sole of an airborne Alex Fabregas’ shoe before bouncing into the ground viciously, eventually going in off Francisco Cortes’ shoulder.

Spain, though, got back on terms five minutes later. Carlos Ballbe won a corner with his run down the right wing, a move only denied by Rassie Pieterse’s excellent stop but the aftermath bounced off a foot. From the resulting set-piece, Quemada pushed for the right post where Marc Salles slid in to ramp the ball past the defender on the post.

Ballbe was again the creative influence for the go-ahead goal, haring down the right wing and laying up for Quemada to scramble over the line. The third goal was similar in making to the first, a corner variation that Miguel Delas slid onto, using the grip of his stick to find the left corner. The goal was awarded after an umpire’s referral.

It looked set to see Spain over the line from what has been a tough start to their campaign but South Africa made them sweat as Ian Haley pounced on a Spanish miscontrol and back-hand the ball to Norris-Jones who coolly finished off. They threw everything forward in the closing stages but found the going frustrating and now have to focus on getting something from games against Pakistan and Argentina if they are to move up in the group. Spain, meanwhile, have Argentina next and then Great Britain in their final four bid.

  • Match 17
  • Date Fri, 3 Aug 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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