|August 3rd, 2012|
|13||Pool A||8:30am||AUS - ARG||2 - 2 (2 - 0)||Final|
Argentina came back from a 2-goal deficit to tie Australia and earn their first point of the competition. Australia seemed to have the game well under control at half-time and will certainly regret the many wasted opportunities in second half that cost them a third win.
Both teams started the early morning match slowly, then the Kookaburas suddenly picked up the pace to threaten Juan Manuel Vivaldi in the Argentinean goal. Argentina followed suit, earning a penalty-corner after a swift counter-attack, and an interesting option between Lucas Vila and Lucas Rey nearly did the trick.
The scare was too much for Australia and they grabbed the lead in their next breath on a penalty-corner, Matthew Butturini picking up the rebound after a strong save on the line by Manuel Brunet behind his keeper. The Kookaburas started to control play in midfield, reducing the Argentinean progress to counter-attacks or long balls to their high forwards.
Juan Manuel Vivaldi was called into action a few times on violent Australian shots and on a messy goal mouth scramble following a penalty-corner, but it is only with a few seconds left in the period that Jamie Dwyer added a second goal, his forth of the competition, after pouncing on a loose ball mishandled by an Argentinean defender.
The two-goal lead at the interval reflected the overall domination of the top ranked team. However, the break was beneficial to Argentina and Matias Vila was at the conclusion of a counter-attack to score in the first minute of second period, reducing the gap to one goal and changing the dynamics of the match.
Australia had multiple scoring opportunities in second half but their shots were wide, high or hit the post, and Juan Manuel Vivaldi took care of those on target. Argentina were far less wasteful and scored on their first penalty-corner of the period by Gonzalo Peillat to tie the score with a few minutes left on the clock.
The end of game was heated, with green and yellow cards handed out and a video-referral refusal for Argentina that drew loud boos from the crowd, but the score stood at 2-2, giving Argentina their first point of the tournament while the Australians, who appeared to have the game well under control at half-time, will certainly regret their many wasted opportunities in second half.
Jamie DWYER (AUS), on becoming Australia's leading goalscorer: "It's a great honour, Mark HAGER was a role model of mine. To be the all-time leading goalscorer for my country is a privilege."
Ric CHARLESWORTH (AUS) - coach, on Australia struggling to score from their chances: "We've got to improve all the way through the tournament. I don't think we finished well in the first two games and today it was more of that. If you make chances it would be nice to get a better share. We expected Argentina to play much as they did today. They (Argentina) are a very good team. I think they've been unlucky in their earlier games of the tournament. They can cause difficulty for anybody so we expected that."
On whether this result puts added emphasis on the match against Great Britain: "The GB match was always going to be very critical for us. As far as I'm concerned it makes no difference. GB and Pakistan are both very difficult teams. We have to play well to get to the end of this tournament. That's always been our aim and we're going to be fighting to do that."
Pablo LOMBI (ARG) - coach, on whether he was satisfied with the result: "I see it as a point gained, but with a little bit of a bitter feeling because of that penalty corner that wasn't awarded for us that clearly was a good one. I see the second half as a good match for Argentina and although we would have loved to take three points I'm taking one so I'm glad with that."
|August 03rd, 2012 at 2:29 am||Match between Australia and Argentina (men) just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London in bright sunshine|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 2:29 am||Umpires for AUS vs. ARG are Raghu PRASAD (IND) and John WRIGHT (RSA)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 2:29 am||Top ranked Australia have so far two solid wins against South Africa (6-0) and Spain (5-0)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 2:30 am||Argentina have so far lost to Great Britain (1-4) and Pakistan (0-2)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 2:45 am||Matthew Butturini opens the scoring for AUS, picking up a penalty-corner rebound. AUS-ARG: 1-0|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:04 am||Juan Manuel Vivaldi called into action a few times in the Argentinean goal, but still AUS-ARG 1-0 with 5 minutes to go|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:09 am||Jamie Dwyer scores with a few seconds left in the period to establish a 2-0 lead for AUS|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:14 am||2-0 at half-time for Australia, reflecting their overall domination of play over Argentina|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:21 am||Matias Vila scores in the first minute of play after the break, reducing the gap to one goal. AUS-ARG: 2-1|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:45 am||AUS had many scoring chances in the last 20 mn but shot wide, high or hit the post, and Vivaldi took care of those on target|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:47 am||Green card for Santiago Montelli (ARG)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:55 am||Penalty-corner goal for Argentina by Gonzalo Peillat! AUS-ARG 2-2 with 2 minutes to go!|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:56 am||Green card to Mark Knowles (AUS)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 3:57 am||Yellow card to Rodrigo Vila (ARG). Things are heating up at the Riverbank Arena with one minute to play!|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 4:01 am||Final score AUS-ARG 2-2 . ARG came back in 2nd period, AUS will regret their many wasted scoring chances|