Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

GER V ARG ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

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Match Review GER - ARG 1-3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ARG 13 19 MACCARI Sofia FG 0 - 1
ARG 28 8 AYMAR Luciana PC 0 - 2
GER 66 10 HASSELMANN Nina PC 1 - 2
ARG 67 17 SANCHEZ Rocio FG 1 - 3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
GER 16 8 SCHÜTZE Christina G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ASHTON-LUCY Julie
Umpire 2 SOMA Chieko
Reserve Umpire BARTLEMA Stella
Judge 1 BUCKLEY Peri
Judge 2 MORROW Sheila
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Argentina all but eliminated Germany while propelling themselves to the top of Pool B on goal difference with a display of elegance and power. First half goals from Sofia Maccari and Luciana Aymar put them on track before Nina Hasselman’s scrambled effort could have made for a nervy close three minutes from time. But Rocio Sanchez Moccia killed off any such thoughts within 30 seconds as she danced around Yvonne Frank and nailed the sealing goal.

From the start, Germany had shown a nervous edge early on, making a series of uncharacteristic mistakes when passing around the back four. From one such loose pass, Argentina prospered, firing a cross that looked innocuous enough initially until Katharina Otte miscontrolled, under pressure from Sanchez Moccia. The ball slipped through Yvonne Frank’s legs where Sofia Maccari gleefully smacked into an open goal for 1-0.

The South Americans duly earned four penalty corners, the last of which was beautifully finished by Luciana Aymar, using the same trick that worked against South Africa on the opening day of the tournament, flipping the ball over the number two runner’s stick and short-hand hitting home.

Germany’s openings were fleeting, creating panic in the opposition but never true shooting moments bar Julia Muller’s flashing drive from a corner which went too high. As the second half wore on and their situation became more desperate, they eventually found some rhythm as Jennifer Plass, Kristina Hillman and Lisa Hahn went close in the final quarter.

Their lifeline came from a corner four minutes from time as the ball bounced around Florencia Mutio’s pads before Hasselman eventually poked home. But it was a lifeline of brief hope due to Sanchez Moccia’s delightful clincher.

(Stephen Findlater)

  • Match 24
  • Date Sat, 4 Aug 2012
  • Time 21:15
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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