|December 6th, 2009|
|04||Pool B||6:00pm||ARG - RSA||6 - 2 (4 - 1)||Final|
After impressing the crowd with an a capella rendition of their national anthem, the South African were immediately under pressure and conceded two penalty-corners in a row, but both flicks by Pedro IBARRA were saved by the defense. South Africa reacted immediately and nearly opened the scoring a few minutes later but could not adjust a shot from a scramble in front of the open net.
Argentina benefitted from another penalty-corner in the 9th minute, and this time Pedro IBARRA made no mistake and slotted his flick out of reach of Brendon BOTES in the South African net. He increased his tally a few minutes later on a severe penalty-stroke much to the pleasure of the local crowd arrived in numbers to support the host team.
South Africa reacted well and narrowed the gap after a superb effort by Marvin HARPER who dribbled his way thought the entire Argentinean defense before beating Juan Tomas ESPINOSA in goal. After a period of balanced play, Argentina regained their two-goal lead by Agustin A MAZZILLI, receiving the ball with time and space at the top of the circle and making no mistake to put the ball out of reach of the keeper.
Pedro IBARRA completed his hat-trick on another penalty-corner shortly before the break, reached with a comfortable lead for Argentina (4-1). With a cold drizzle drowning the venue, not to mention the enthusiasm of players and spectators, the second period took a long time to find its rhythm. Argentina rejoiced the crowd with some fancy stick work and scored two more goals by Lucas VILA. South Africa salvaged some pride late in a game with a beautiful field goal by Lloyd NORRIS-JONES, but Argentina cruised to a fairly easy 6-2 victory.