|May 6th, 2012|
|17||12:30pm||CHN - AUT||5 - 3 (3 - 1)||Final|
Third-Place Game: China 5, Austria 3
China had no problem earning a third-place finish after a frenzied 5-3 win against Austria in the Olympic Qualifier’s bronze medal game.
It was clear from China’s body language that they were disappointed to only be playing for bronze, but nevertheless they showed up to win and at least got some consolation from the event with the bronze medals around their neck.
China owned a 3-1 lead at the break after a strong start. Liu Yiantang and Song Yi banged in convincing the field goals to take a quick 2-0 advantage. The teams exchanged short corner goals to close the first half scoring with Na Yubo scoring his seventh goal of the event for China.
The teams opened up the second half on fire, despite the stead drizzle dampening the mood. China scored the 4-1 goal nearly immediately after the opening whistle, but it was rapidly answered by Austrian captain Armin Stermitzer’s short corner goal, helping to keep his team within striking distance. Austria pulled to within one when Berhnardt Schmidt scored. But China was always just a half step ahead of the Austrians, and Yubo struck with his second of the game to restore the two-goal pad.
Yubo’s goal would be the last of the match, despite some fantastic chances on both sides in the waning minutes. Yubo was named the tournament’s Top Player for his strong performance throughout the two-weeks.