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

ESP V BEL ( 5/6 ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 5

Match Review ESP - BEL 2-5


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
BEL 3 5 DEKEYSER Jerome FG 0 - 1
ESP 19 13 ALEGRE Ramon PC 1 - 1
BEL 21 27 BOON Tom PC 1 - 2
BEL 24 8 van AUBEL Florent FG 1 - 3
BEL 32 27 BOON Tom PC 1 - 4
BEL 52 17 BRIELS Thomas FG 1 - 5
ESP 61 10 TUBAU Eduard FG 2 - 5


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
BEL 12 28 TRUYENS Jérôme G
ESP 26 3 ENRIQUE Sergi G
ESP 60 13 ALEGRE Ramon Y
BEL 61 7 DOHMEN John-John Y
ESP 67 10 TUBAU Eduard Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 VAN EERT Roel
Umpire 2 HUTCHINSON Colin
Reserve Umpire GROCHAL Marcin
Judge 1 de SALES Claudius
Judge 2 BUDEISKY Alberto
Technical Officer McCRACKEN Jason

(5th-6th) Spain vs. Belgium: 2-5 (half-time: 1-4)

Both teams were probably not expecting to be playing for 5th place a couple of days into the competition. Spain had a remarkable recovery after a calamitous start, defeated heavily by Australia (0-5) and losing their captain Santiago Freixa and Pol Amat on injury. Lowly ranked Belgium also had two losses before pulling up their socks.

Playing without pressure, Belgium were quick off the block and stunned Spain in the opening minutes by Jerome Dekeyser, on hand at the far post to deflect in goal a hard pass from John-John Dohmen. Spain equalized by Ramon Alegre deflecting a perfect pass from Roc Oliva on a penalty-corner, but Belgium replied immediately by Tom Boon with a straight shot on penalty-corner. The goal fest was not over, and Belgium offered another spectacular goal to the crowd, Florent Van Aubel diving full stretch to deflect in goal a hard shot by Jerome Dekeyser.

The Spaniards seemed at a loss to figure how to stop the twirling Belgians, Tom Boon added another goal, picking up the rebound from his initial shot on a penalty-corner, and Belgium went into the half-time break with a commanding 3-goal lead.

Beginning of 2nd period saw end-to-end exciting hockey and the two goalkeepers were called into action often on running forwards. Thomas Briels managed to sneak behind the Spanish defense to add a 5th goal for Belgium and Francisco Cortes in the Spanish goal saved his team from further damage with a series of decisive saves.

Eduard Tubau pounced on a ball mishandled by the Belgian defense to limit their deficit to 3 goals, then Belgium cruised to spectacular 5-2 victory. They finished 5th of this Olympic competition, 6 spots higher than their entry ranking, an amazing progression. Spain finished 6th, one spot below their entry ranking, a relief for them after their rocky start in this competition.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 36
  • Date Sat, 11 Aug 2012
  • Time 11:30
  • Pool/Class 5/6
  • Venue

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