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

ARG V RSA ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

6 - 3

Match Review ARG - RSA 6-3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
RSA 7 25 REID-ROSS Justin PC 0 - 1
RSA 8 10 NORRIS-JONES Lloyd FG 0 - 2
ARG 25 28 PEILLAT Gonzalo PC 1 - 2
ARG 33 27 ROSSI Lucas FG 2 - 2
ARG 39 28 PEILLAT Gonzalo PC 3 - 2
ARG 45 7 CALLIONI Facundo FG 4 - 2
ARG 50 7 CALLIONI Facundo FG 5 - 2
RSA 64 1 ROBINSON Jonathan FG 5 - 3
ARG 65 28 PEILLAT Gonzalo PC 6 - 3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
RSA 3 14 HALKETT Rhett G
RSA 41 5 SMITH Austin G
ARG 47 26 MAZZILLI Agustin G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 PRASAD Raghu
Umpire 2 STAGNO Nathan
Reserve Umpire PULLMAN Tim
Judge 1 CORNOFSKY Larry
Judge 2 KOSHIKO Ryuichi
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

Argentina came back from a 2-goal deficit to severely punish South Africa (6-3) and leave them bottom of the group.

With both teams having three losses and a draw, they were out of contention for the semi-finals and playing to avoid bottom place. The contest was however heated from the start, with a green card to a South African player within a couple minutes of play.

South Africa drew first blood on a spectacular penalty-corner under the crossbar by Justin Reid-Ross, certainly one of the best corner flickers in this competition. They doubled their tally a few seconds later by Lloyd Norris-Jones from the field and Argentina were already looking at a steep uphill battle.

Facundo Callioni had a golden opportunity after a splendid pass from Agustin Mazzilli found him alone in the circle, but Erasmus Pieterse stood tall in the South African goal and thwarted his effort. Soon after Lucas Rossi was unlucky to hit the post after a decisive circle penetration, then Callioni failed again to beat Pieterse from close range before Gonzalo Peillat reduced the score on a penalty-corner in the 24th minute.

Both teams had other chances on penalty-corners before Lucas Rossi managed to catapult the ball in the roof of the net from a goal mouth scramble, levelling the score for Argentina. The score was tied at half-time (2-2), but Argentina had a better momentum after coming back in the match after their catastrophic start and Gonzalo Peillat added another penalty-corner, his second of the day, early in second period to give the lead to the South Americans in this lively contest.

Facundo Callioni deflected in goal a superb cross from Lucas Vila who had outrun the South African defense, then did it again soon after on a similar cross, this time from Agustin Mazzilli, and Argentina were suddenly in a very comfortable position with a 3-goal lead. The crowd were entertained by a flurry of goal in the final minutes. First Jonathan Robinson pulled back a goal for South Africa, then Gonzalo Peillat promptly re-established the 3-goal lead with his third penalty-corner goal of the match, a strong feat for the 19 year old playing in his first major competition.

With the win, Argentina finished 5th in pool A and will for 9th-10th on Thursday, while South Africa will play for 11th-12th on Saturday.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 27
  • Date Tue, 7 Aug 2012
  • Time 13:45
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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