RUS V ITA ( Final 5-6 ) WorldHockey World Cup Qualifier (Men) (1)
Match Review RUS - ITA 2-0
5th-6th – Russia v. Italy: 2-0 (half-time: 2-0)
The first classification match started in a crisp autumn morning, with no rain on the horizon for a change. Russia started with much more purpose than in the pool game against the same opponent and Alexander KOROLEV had an early chance in front of goal but sent his reverse stick shot high over the crossbar. Alexandre PLATONOV was more realistic a few minutes later and slotted the ball out of reach of Davide GUIDA in the Italian goal.
Russia controlled most of the play and Alexander ZHIRKOV increased their tally in the 19th minute. Italy reacted under the leadership of their charismatic captain Jacopo LUNETTA but could seldom threaten Roman ROGOV in the Russian goal. They nevertheless held tight in defense and the score stayed unchanged until half-time, reached with the two-goal lead for Russia.
The same pattern prevailed in second period. Playing their sixth game in nine days, both teams were getting tired and intensity of play diminished significantly. No real scoring chances were created and Russia finally won 2-0, justifying their better ranking than Italy.
- Match 16
- Date Sun, 8 Nov 2009
- Time 11:00
- Pool/Class Final 5-6