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

ARG V AUS ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

ARG
0 - 0
AUS

Match Review ARG - AUS 0-0

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
ARG 9 8 AYMAR Luciana G
AUS 61 4 EASTHAM Casey G
ARG 68 19 MACCARI Sofia Y

AUS


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 KANG Hyun Young
Umpire 2 JOUBERT Michelle
Reserve Umpire ADENOT Claire
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 MORROW Sheila
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Unlike the last match of Pool A, where both teams were already qualified for the semi-finals and playing for position, only a win would qualify Australia in this last match of Pool B, any other result would qualify Argentina for the semi-finals.

Australia were threatening in the opening minutes, Emily Smith had an early chance on a ball stolen by Megan Rivers but the pass arrived slightly behind her. Both teams were playing cautiously in the first twenty minutes, avoiding taking any risk in defense. Play was somewhat scrappy and the numerous Australian and Argentinean fans in the stands had little opportunity for excitement.

Luciana Aymar tried to shake the proceedings with some of her trademark long runs, and Argentina was awarded a penalty-corner on a rough tackle by Anna Flanagan. They tried an option but the hit was well handled by Toni Cronk in the Australian goal. A few minutes later, Aymar ran away from the Australian defense but pushed the ball just a little too far to unleash a shot.

Half-time was reached on a goalless score, a worrying situation for the Australian team. Argentina started second period at full speed and thought that they had scored on a goalmouth scramble but Anna Flanagan managed a desperate save on a line to push away the danger. Argentina seemed to have decided that the best defense was the attack and maintained a sustained pressure on the Australian team, but there were no real threats for Toni Cronk.

At the tail end of swift counter-attack between Luciana Aymar and Carla Rebecchi, Rocio Sanchez Moccia forced a penalty-corner, but Cronk was again up to the task on Noel Barrionuevo’s low flick. With time running out, Australia had a desperate surge to score the precious goal they needed but somehow could not manage to threaten Florencia Mutio in the Argentinean goal, even after replacing their goal-keeper with an extra field-player with 4 minutes to go and Argentinean Sofia Maccari received a green card.

Soon the Argentinean fans were singing in the stands, while the Australian players were left bitterly disappointed. With the 0-0 tie, Argentina finish on top of pool A with the same number of point as New Zealand, but a better goal difference (+8 against +4), leaving Australia at the door of the semi-final.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 30
  • Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012
  • Time 21:15
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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