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

ARG V ESP ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

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Match Review ARG - ESP 1-3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ARG 55 12 VILA Lucas FG 1 - 0
ESP 66 25 QUEMADA Pau FG 1 - 1
ESP 67 7 DELAS Miquel FG 1 - 2
ESP 70 10 TUBAU Eduard FG 1 - 3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
ARG 21 17 LOPEZ Juan G
ARG 40 12 VILA Lucas G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 JAMSON Hamish
Umpire 2 PULLMAN Tim
Reserve Umpire KIM Hong Lae
Judge 1 de SALES Claudius
Judge 2 CORNOFSKY Larry
Technical Officer DEVADAS Mathavan

Argentina v. Spain 1-3 (half-time: 0-0)
Spain was fighting for its life in today’s game against Argentina. A win or a draw would put Spain right back into the hunt for a place in the semi-final, while a loss would leave them out in the cold. In the end, despite a surprisingly lackluster performance, Spain salvaged a 3-1 win to keep its hopes alive.

Spain sprang to life in the last five minutes of the game, netting all three of its goals after 65 minutes of silence. Pau Quemada kicked off the comeback with four minutes left in regulation for Spain when he scored after a chaotic few moments in front of the net and Miguel Delas netted the game winner a minute later to save the day for Spain.

The icing on the cake came with 40 second left one two-on-none breakaway that Xavi Lleonart finished off to top off the win.

You would never know from the action on the field that Spain’s Olympic medal dreams were on the line. The teams both played a conservative game, in stark contrast to the Great Britain v. Australia thriller directly before.

The first half was a particularly tepid affair with scoring chances few and far between and no penalty corners awarded. It wasn’t until Spain’s Juan Fernandez ran the ball in from midfield with four minutes left in the half that either team had a meaningful chance to get on the board. His effort fell short, but it at least helped to break the lethargic funk that seemed to settle over the stadium.

The teams had more spring in their step and with 15 minutes left in the game the scoring silence was finally broken when Argentina’s Lucas Vila marched through the slot and beat Francisco Cortes in the low far corner for the 1-0 lead. The goal woke Spain up as they pressured the Argentina net late in the game, and were eventually rewarded with the barrage of goals for the win

Spain stays in the thick of things in the Group A playoff hunt with seven points and the last preliminary round game against Great Britain, sitting with eight points. Meanwhile Argentina will hope to avoid the 11th-place game in its final preliminary round game against South Africa.

(Eric Bailey)

  • Match 24
  • Date Sun, 5 Aug 2012
  • Time 21:15
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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