|March 8th, 2008|
|14||Round-Robin||5:00pm||RUS - MEX||9 - 1 (5 - 0)||Final|
Russia were eager to confirm their win of the previous day against Chile and secure a spot in the 3rd-4th place game. They opened their tally quickly, Dmitry AZAROV making no mistake on the first penalty corner of the game. The play became very open, going from end to end in an entertaining way. Mexico could not capitalize on their chances, while Alexander PLATONOV managed to slot a powerful reverse stick shot past Moises VARGAS GARCIA in the Mexican goal.
Mexico fought hard, preventing Russia from taking control of the play, but they could not avoid 3 other Russian goals before half-time by Alexey MAYOROV, Dmitry AZAROV and Timur NIKOLAEV.
The score at half-time was severe for the Mexicans and they immediately closed the gap at the beginning of second half with an opportunistic goal by Pol MORENO QUIROZ taking advantage of a goalmouth scramble. The game then switched quickly from one end to the other, with very little build-up in the midfield. The Russians were more realistic, converting 4 more goals for a final score of 9-1, including 4 penalty-corners. Eight Russian players put their name on the score sheet.
Unless Chile managed to upset India in the last pool game, the win qualified Russia for the 3rd-4th place game, certainly an achievement that very few observers were predicting at the onset of the competition considering that Russia were ranked much lower than the other competitors.