|March 2nd, 2008|
|5||Round-Robin||6:00pm||MEX - CHI||0 - 4 (0 - 1)||Final|
For the second game of the day, the facility was filled to capacity by a Sunday crowd that came to enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon and cheer the host team. Despite the gap in rankings and experience, Chile struggled to break through a well organized and dynamic young Mexican team. Once again, Moises VARGAS GARCIA was outstanding in the Mexican goal. He had to concede a penalty-stroke in the 23rd minute, but Ian KOPPENBERGER saw his shot hit the post.
Nothing was going Chile’s way, and they spoiled a number of clear opportunities, perfectly built up but always missing the last touch. Once more, it fell down to Chilean Captain Felipe MONTEGU to put his team back on track, with a straight shot on a penalty-corner, but the one-goal lead was a very meager advantage for a team hoping to challenge the favorites.
Things didn’t get better for the host at the beginning of second half, with Mexico building interesting attacks and threatening the Chilean goal, including on a well-taken penalty-corner that went just wide. With pressure progressively switching back towards the Mexican defensive zone, it was again Felipe MONTEGU who managed to relieve his team (and the crowd) with a decisive shot from the top of the circle that left no chance to the goal-keeper.
Chile was denied another goal during the longest time by the well organized Mexican defense, playing with a lot of poise and backed by stunning goalkeeping. It is only in the last two minutes, when they played with a… two men advantage, that Chile managed to increase their tally by Matias AMOROSO, then Felipe MONTEGU who completed his second hat-trick in so many games.
Despite collecting the three points of the win, the Chileans can’t be too happy with their performance today. Meanwhile, despite two losses, Mexico is so far the good surprise of the competition. On average 23 years old and with limited international experience, they played without inhibition against their more experienced opponents and produced an entertaining style of hockey.