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Rabo FIH Champions Trophy (Women)

Amstelveen, Netherlands - June 25 - July 3, 2011
Local time is 2:15pm

Argentina v England

Pool A

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 25th, 2011
2 Pool A 11:30am Argentina ARG - ENG England 1 - 0 (0 - 0) Final    

Match Report

Aymar wonder-strike sinks England

 

World Champions Argentina started their Champions Trophy defence in winning fashion, fighting their way past hard working England with a 1-0 victory. Team captain and seven time FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar produced a moment of individual brilliance in the second half to score the game’s only goal, giving Las Leonas all three points to take top spot in Pool A.

England were arguably the better team in the first half, although they were restricted to limited opportunities within the Argentina circle thanks to Noel Barrionuevo’s well drilled defensive line. Alex Danson was the liveliest of the England forwards in the first half, entering the circle on numerous occasions only to be denied by good tackles and an important block from goalkeeper Belen Succi.

Luciana Aymar, who has recently returned to the Argentina side following a long period of rest, looked imperious when in possession, but the England midfield worked hard to ensure that she rarely received the ball. Late in the first half she broke free of her shackles and surged into the England circle, but goalkeeper Beth Storry came out quickly to deny her a shooting opportunity.

Shortly before the break England were awarded a penalty corner, but Argentina successfully appealed to the video umpire who spotted an infringement and overturned the decision.  

Argentina were certainly the better team in the second period, stepping up the pace of their play and applying pressure on the England circle. Noel Barrionuevo had two chances to open the scoring from penalty corner situations, but the England defence held firm.

The breakthrough for Argentina came in the 52nd minute, and it was a moment to savour. Luciana Aymar picked the ball up inside the England 25 with her back to goal before weaving her way into the circle and drilling a reverse stick into the bottom left corner of the goal, much to the delight of coach Carlos Retegui who celebrated as much as his players.

The final stages of the match were frantic as England tried to rescue the game, but Argentina held on to start their 2011 CT campaign in the perfect way. 

Match Review

Review  2. Argentina vs England 1-0 - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011

> Argentina won their fifth successive CT match, their longest winning streak in the competition.

> Argentina extended their winning streak in major competitions to 12. Since drawing 2-2 with Germany at the 2010 CT in Nottingham, Las Leonas have now won 5 CT matches and 7 World Cup matches.

> England’s 4-match unbeaten streak in CT competition came to an end. This marked their first CT defeat since their 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in 2010, their only defeat in Nottingham.

> Soledad Garcia played her 65th CT match, equalling Minke Smeets-Smabers and Maria Magdalena Aicega. Only Luciana Aymar has played more CT matches (73).

> Luciana Aymar scored the match winning goal for Argentina for the first time since the 2006 CT, when she scored a last minute PC goal in Argentina’s 3-2 win over Australia.

> Noel Barrionuevo missed two penalty corners for Argentina in this match. She is the all-time CT  top scorer in terms of penalty corners, having converted 19.

Match Preview

Head-to-Heads
> England were the last team to beat Argentina in a major competition, winning 2-1 at Nottingham 2010 through goals by Hannah MacLeod and Alex Danson.
> Argentina are unbeaten for 12 matches ever since (11 wins, 1 draw) at major tournaments (CT, WC, OG).
> Argentina won the last encounter between these sides, 2-0 at the 2010 World Cup goals by Noel Barrionuevo (PC) and Daniela Sruoga.
> Argentina have won 3 of 4 CT matches against England. Their last CT win over England came at Sydney 2009 (3-1).
 
Argentina
> Argentina have won the last three world level events (2009 CT, 2010 CT and 2010 World Cup).
> The last team to win at least 4 successive world level events was Australia. The Hockeyroos won 7 major tournaments from 1993 till 1999 (4 Champions Trophies, 2 World Cups, and 1 Olympic Games).
> Argentina have also won the last three Champions Trophies (2008, 2009 and 2010) since losing the 2007 CT final to The Netherlands. They can equal Australia’s record of 4 successive CT wins (1993-1999).
> Argentina are on an 11-match winning streak in major competitions. Since drawing 2-2 with Germany at the 2010 CT in Nottingham, Las Leonas have won 4 CT matches and 7 World Cup matches.
> The Argentina squad for the 2011 Champions Trophy contains four players that were selected for the 2010 FIH All Star Team: Luciana Aymar, Soledad Garcia, Noel Barrionuevo and Carla Rebecchi.
> Luciana Aymar will participate in a Champions Trophy tournament for record breaking 13th time. Soledad Garcia starts her 12th Champions Trophy campaign, exceeding Minke Smeets-Smabers (NED,11) and Maria Magdalena Aicega (ARG,11).
> Soledad Garcia can play her 65th CT match, equalling Minke Smeets-Smabers and Maria Magdalena Aicega. Only Luciana Aymar has played more CT matches (72 coming into this tournament).
> Luciana Aymar chases a record equalling fifth Champions Trophy title. Australia’s Rechelle Hawkes and Juliet Haslam jointly hold the record for most Champions Trophies (6). 
> Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo has scored most PC goals in CT competition (19) and needs only three more goals to equal Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (22) as all-time Champions Trophy top scorer.
> Noel Barrionuevo has scored a PC goal in each of Argentina’s last 3 matches against England (2010 WC, 2010 CT and 2009 CT).
> Noel Barrionuevo (19 CT goals) and Soledad Garcia (18 CT goals) have each scored more CT goals than the entire 2011 CT England squad (16 CT goals).
 
England
> Argentina and Australia have beaten England most often (3 times) in CT competition.
> Overall, England are unbeaten for 4 CT matches since losing 2-3 to the Netherlands at Nottingham 2010, their only defeat that tournament. (4-1-1).
> The England squad have an average age of 26 years and 249 days, which makes them the oldest team at the 2011 Champions Trophy. Argentina (25years - 317days) are the third oldest team.
> Argentina and England are the most experienced squads at the 2011 CT in terms of caps.
> The England squad for the 2011 Champions Trophy contains three players that were selected for the 2010 FIH Women’s All Star Team: Helen Richardson, Beth Storry and Crista Cullen.
> England coach Danny Kerry and Argentina coach Carlos Retegui were both selected for the 2010 FIH Women’s All Star Team.
> Helen Richardson is England’s joint top scorer in Champions Trophy competition on 3 goals, all from penalty corners. Sally Gibson also scored 3 CT goals in 1993.
> The British record for most CT goals is 6 by Karen Brown (GBR, 1987-1997).
 
Average age 2011 Champions Trophy teams
Team Years Days
ENG 26 249
GER 26 124
ARG 25 317
NED 24 333
CHN 24 247
KOR 24 177
AUS 24 99
NZL 24 70
CHN v KOR (Pool A) GER v NZL (Pool B)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Argentina  ARG 3 2 1 0 4 7
Korea  KOR 3 0 3 0 0 3
England  ENG 3 0 2 1 -1 2
China  CHN 3 0 2 1 -3 2
Pool B
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 4 7
New Zealand  NZL 3 1 1 1 0 4
Germany  GER 3 1 0 2 -1 3
Australia  AUS 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Pool C
Netherlands  NED 3 2 1 0 3 7
Korea  KOR 3 1 1 1 0 4
Argentina  ARG 3 1 1 1 0 4
New Zealand  NZL 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Pool D
England  ENG 3 2 1 0 2 7
Australia  AUS 3 1 1 1 0 4
Germany  GER 3 1 0 2 1 3
China  CHN 3 0 2 1 -3 2

MATCHES

Jul 3, 2011
GER Germany
China CHN
ENG England
Australia AUS
KOR Korea
New Zealand NZL
NED Netherlands
Argentina ARG
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