|March 1st, 2008|
|3||Round-Robin||7:00pm||CHI - AUT||3 - 4 (1 - 2)||Final|
It didn’t take long for host Chile to stake their claim on the last game of the day, which was supposed to be more balanced than the previous ones, with only a narrow gap in the World Rankings (20th for Chile, 25th for Austria). After hardly a minute of play, Chilean Captain Felipe MONTEGU was at the conclusion of a fast combination, much to the delight of the capacity crowd. Austria recovered quickly and the game settled in an entertaining contest, flowing quickly back and forth. Austria had a few good opportunities, the most dangerous when Michael KORPER penetrated the circle and delivered an excellent ball to Benjamin STANZL unmarked in front of goal, forcing Chilean Goalkeeper Matias ANWANDTER to do a strong save.
Austria came back in the game in the 20th minute when Georg JELINEK celebrated his birthday in style with a hard hit from the top of the circle that beat the goalkeeper and tied the game. Chile seemed unsettled by this turn of event and committed a number of unforced errors, which the young Austrian team was too pleased to use. After a stolen ball in midfield and a decisive run along the back line, Tobias HÜBNER received the ball alone in front of the empty goal and didn’t miss the chance to give the lead to his team. That triggered a strong Chilean reaction, but it was too late and halftime was reached with Austria deservingly in the lead.
Things were definitively not going according to plan for Chile, with Austria adding two quick goals early in the second period, first by Elmar STREMITZER then on penalty-corner by Benjamin STANZL! This was too much for the host and they immediately replied with a superb penalty corner by Felipe MONTEGU, his second goal of the evening. The game suddenly became wide opened, with both teams turning up the intensity of their play.
Austria missed the opportunity to re-establish their three goal lead on a penalty-stroke expertly saved by Matias ANWANDTER. With the Austrian team fading physically after their fast start, Chile increased their pressure and Felipe MONTEGU had the opportunity to complete his hat-trick on yet another penalty-corner. With the gap reduced to one goal and the clock ticking down, the emotion was high in the stadium and tempers flared on both sides. The Chilean kept pushing but the Austrians held desperately onto their narrow lead until the end, celebrating wildly their spectacular upset of the home team.