|March 9th, 2008|
|16||Final 5-6||1:00pm||CHI - MEX||9 - 3 (5 - 2)||Final|
Chile were certainly disappointed to play in this game to avoid the last place in the competition, when a week ago they were hoping to challenge the top teams and earn a berth in the Final. They logically lost to Great Britain (1-4) and India (1-4) but under-performed against lower ranked teams Austria (3-4) and Russia (1-2). Mexico came here with a young team to gain experience and have certainly held their own well, despite losing all their games so far.
The game was played at 1:00pm and the pace suffered from the scorching heat. The first scoring opportunity was for Mexico on a penalty-corner, but Oscar GALVAN NIEVES missed the rebound in front of an open net. The game suddenly opened up with two goals in quick succession, first by Chilean Captain Felipe MONTEGU then by Francisco AGUILAR MONTOYA concluding himself a clever penetration through the Chilean defense.
Play was going back and forth from one goal to the other, without much build-up in midfield, and Chile scored 4 more goals by Felipe CASANOVA, Felipe MONTEGU (twice) and Esteban KRAINZ, while Mexico had chances on a number of penalty-corners where they tried a variety of interesting variations. They finally scored by Edgar Allan BORQUEZ SILVA concluding in style with only seconds left on the clock a swift attack that went the whole length of the field.
Game stayed lively in second period, the umpires even having to hand out a few cards to cool down the tempers. Despite some more outstanding goalkeeping by Moises VARGAS GARCIA in the Mexican goal, Chile scored 4 more goals, to push the score to 9-3. Captain Felipe MONTEGU score 4 goals himself, pushing his tournament total to 11. Chile finished on a positive note but it will probably not alter their overall disappointment in this competition.