|July 2nd, 2011|
|19||Pool C||10:00am||ARG - NZL||3 - 2 (3 - 1)||Final|
Garcia shines as Argentina hold off New Zealand
Agustina Soledad Garcia was in sensational form for Argentina as her side recorded a 3-2 win over New Zealand, although Las Leonas will have an agonising wait to see if they will qualify for the Gold Medal match.
Argentina took the lead in the 14thminute of the match through Agustina Soledad Garcia, and what a superb goal it was. The Las Leonas attacker entered the circle down the left before turning inside her marker and crashing a shot into the roof of the net despite a brave attempted block from New Zealand goalkeeper Sally Rutherford.
Garcia was in sensational form in the first half, and played a massive role in Argentina’s second goal which was scored by team captain Luciana Aymar. The seven times FIH Player of the Year took full advantage when she played a one-two with Garcia before rolling the ball into the unguarded net.
The classy Garcia was simply irresistible in the first half, causing no end of problems for the Black Sticks defence. It was not long before her brilliance resulted in a third goal when she moved in to the circle on from the left and struck a shot against the post. The rebound fell to Rocio Sanchez Moccia, who had the simplest of tasks to score from a metre out.
Clarissa Eshuis gave New Zealand hope with a low penalty corner flick on the stroke of half time, but there could be no doubt that Argentina were very much the better team in opening 35 minutes.
Following some words of encouragement from team coach Mark Hager, New Zealand put Argentina under huge pressure in the early stages of the second half and pulled another goal back when Charlotte Harrison bundled home a penalty corner from close range. The world champions were rattled, and struggled to cope as the youthful Black Sticks front line continued to create goal-scoring chances.
Las Leonas defender Daniela Sruoga suffered a bizarre and unfortunate injury in the 48th minute. Immediately following the successful defence of a penalty corner situation, Sruoga was hit on the head by a facemask thrown by one of her team mates and was forced to leave the field with a blood injury.
Argentina were on top in the final ten minutes of the match, although grew increasingly frustrated as they failed to add to their tally and eventually lost the services of Ana Mararena Rodriguez Perez to a yellow card before time ran out.
|Review 19. Argentina vs New Zealand (3-2) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
|> New Zealand play in the final 3-4 on Sunday.
> Argentina join Korea and Netherlands on 4 points.
> Argentina are now unbeaten in 8 CT matches against New Zealand winning the last 7.
> Since then, Argentina have now won their last 11matches against the Black Sticks at world level tournaments (CT, WC and OG).
> Argentina were awarded only 1 pc in this match and failed to convert.
> Argentina have now converted 2 of 16 penalty corners awarded so far at Amstelveen 2011.
> New Zealand scored 1 of 4 penalty corners in this match.
> New Zealand have now converted 2 of 10 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 CT.
> Soledad Garcia scored her 6th goal against New Zealand at world level events (CT, WC, OG). Only Vanina Oneto (8) has scored more for Argentina against the Black Sticks.
> Charlotte Harrison scored her 2nd goal at Amstelveen 2011. She joined Katie Glynn, Mandy Smith and Moira Senior as New Zealand's top scorers in CT competition on 4 goals.
|Match Preview 19. Argentina vs New Zealand (2 July 2011,10:00) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
> Argentina are unbeaten in 7 CT matches against New Zealand winning the last 6.
> New Zealand’s only result against Argentina in CT competition came in at their first CT meeting in 1999 (2-2).
> Since then, Argentina have won all 10 matches against the Black Sticks at world level tournaments (CT, WC and OG).
> In March 2011, New Zealand played a test series against Argentina winning 2-1, drawing 1-1 and losing 1-6. Cathryn Finlayson scored once in all three of these test matches against World Champions Argentina.
> In 2000, Lisa Walton became the last New Zealand player to score against Argentina in CT competition (1-3).
> Argentina need to beat New Zealand to continue their quest for winning a 4th successive Champions Trophy.
> Argentina have won 4 of the last 5 world level events: 2008, 2009 and 2010 CT and the 2010 World Cup. They finished third at the 2008 Olympics.
> Las Leonas and the Black Sticks are on 1 point from 2 matches in Pool C. Both Korea and Netherlands are on 4 points.
> Argentina have converted 2 of 15 penalty corners awarded so far at Amstelveen 2011 (13%).
> Noel Barrionuevo is on 20 CT career goals and needs only two more goals to equal all-time overall CT top scorer Nadine Ernsting-Krienke on 22 CT goals.
> At age 33, Natascha Keller (GER) and Luciana Aymar (ARG) are the oldest goalscorers so far at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> Luciana Aymar needs one goal against New Zealand to equal Alejandra Gulla on 4 goals as Argentina’s top goalscorer against the Black Sticks in CT competition.
> By securing a top 4 spot, New Zealand have recorded their best Champions Trophy ranking ever.
> New Zealand have always finishes fifth (4 times) or sixth (4 times) in eight previous CT appearances.
> New Zealand are the only team present at the 2011 Champions Trophy that are yet to win a CT medal.
> New Zealand’s sole victory at the 2011 CT came against Australia (3-2).
> New Zealand have converted 1 of 6 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 CT (16%).
> Katie Glynn is New Zealand’s joined top scorer in CT competition on 4 goals, equal most with Mandy Smith and Moira Senior. Charlotte Harrison is on 3 CT career goals.
> Cathryn Finlayson and Katie Glynn are New Zealand’s top goalscorers at the 2011 CT, having scored 2 goals each.