|March 6th, 2008|
|11||Round-Robin||5:30pm||AUT - MEX||3 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final|
The pace at the beginning of this game suffered the comparison with the intensity of the India vs. Great Britain encounter. Austria seemed to head for a comfortable afternoon after Michael KÖRPER opened the scoring on penalty-corner in the 6th minute, but the score was leveled a few minutes later when Francisco AGUILAR MONTOYA unleashed a quick shot that surprised Mateusz SZYMCZYK in the Austrian goal.
Austria were far from controlling the play, committing an unusual number of unforced errors and giveaways. As was already the case in the previous games, Moises VARGAS GARCIA was outstanding in the Mexican goal, preventing the score from escalating. Half-time was reached on the tied score of 1-1, a scenario that the Austrians were probably not anticipating.
Things did not get much better for Austria at the start of the second half; they had to survive a couple of good Mexican opportunities and were indeed lucky to escape a penalty-stroke after a stick infringement on a Mexican forward alone in front of the keeper. Austria were clearly lacking the dynamism, and possibly the motivation, that they had displayed in previous games, while Mexico were only lacking some realism in front of goal to jump into the lead.
It is only in the 55th minute that Benjamin STANZL finally relieved his team with a strike from close range that left no chance to the keeper. The Mexicans did not let down easily and kept pushing back the Austrian defense, even forcing Thomas HÜBNER to an untidy back-tackle that sent him off with a yellow card. Austria finally scored another goal by Michael KÖRPER, for a victory that they were certainly hoping to be larger and easier.