|August 11th, 2012|
|36||5/6||11:30am||ESP - BEL||2 - 5 (1 - 4)||Final|
(5th-6th) Spain vs. Belgium: 2-5 (half-time: 1-4)
Both teams were probably not expecting to be playing for 5th place a couple of days into the competition. Spain had a remarkable recovery after a calamitous start, defeated heavily by Australia (0-5) and losing their captain Santiago Freixa and Pol Amat on injury. Lowly ranked Belgium also had two losses before pulling up their socks.
Playing without pressure, Belgium were quick off the block and stunned Spain in the opening minutes by Jerome Dekeyser, on hand at the far post to deflect in goal a hard pass from John-John Dohmen. Spain equalized by Ramon Alegre deflecting a perfect pass from Roc Oliva on a penalty-corner, but Belgium replied immediately by Tom Boon with a straight shot on penalty-corner. The goal fest was not over, and Belgium offered another spectacular goal to the crowd, Florent Van Aubel diving full stretch to deflect in goal a hard shot by Jerome Dekeyser.
The Spaniards seemed at a loss to figure how to stop the twirling Belgians, Tom Boon added another goal, picking up the rebound from his initial shot on a penalty-corner, and Belgium went into the half-time break with a commanding 3-goal lead.
Beginning of 2nd period saw end-to-end exciting hockey and the two goalkeepers were called into action often on running forwards. Thomas Briels managed to sneak behind the Spanish defense to add a 5th goal for Belgium and Francisco Cortes in the Spanish goal saved his team from further damage with a series of decisive saves.
Eduard Tubau pounced on a ball mishandled by the Belgian defense to limit their deficit to 3 goals, then Belgium cruised to spectacular 5-2 victory. They finished 5th of this Olympic competition, 6 spots higher than their entry ranking, an amazing progression. Spain finished 6th, one spot below their entry ranking, a relief for them after their rocky start in this competition.
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:18 am||Match for 5th-6th between Spain and Belgium just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:18 am||Umpires for ESP vs. BEL are Roel VAN EERT (NED) and Colin HUTCHINSON (IRL)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:19 am||Spain finished 3rd in Pool A with 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss and were very close to edge Great Britain for the semi-final berth|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:19 am||Belgium finished 3rd in Pool B with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:30 am||Spain is ranked 5th in the World Rankings, Belgium is ranked 11th and will finish much higher than their entry ranking|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:33 am||Jerome Dekeyser opens the scoring for Belgium with a deflection on the far post! ESP-BEL 0-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:41 am||Very entertaining match between two teams playing without pressure. ESP-BEL 0-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:41 am||Green card to Belgian Captain Jerome Truyens|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:49 am||Spain equalizes by Ramon Alegre deflecting a perfect pass from Roc Oliva on a penalty-corner. ESP-BEL 1-1|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:51 am||Belgium reply immediately by Tom Boon with a straight shot on penalty-corner. ESP-BEL 1-2 after 22mn|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:56 am||Another amazing goal by Belgium. Florent Van Aubel dives to deflect a hard shot in the circle by Jerome Dekeyser. ESP-BEL 1-3|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:56 am||Florent Van Aubel injured himself in the dive and has to leave the pitch... Looks like the shoulder...|
|August 11th, 2012 at 5:58 am||Green card for Sergi Enrique (ESP)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:07 am||Tom Boon adds another goal on penalty-corner, picking up the rebound from his own flick. ESP-BEL 1-4|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:09 am||Half-time reached with a commanding lead for Belgium over Spain (4-1)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:27 am||End-to-end exciting hockey at the beginning of 2nd period. The 2 GK are called into action often|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:37 am||Thomas Briels sneaks behind the Spanish defense and adds a 5th goal for Belgium. ESP-BEL 1-5 with 17mn to go.|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:38 am||Green card for Alex Fabregas (ESP) for pushing the ball away on a free hit|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:44 am||Yellow card to Ramon Alegre (ESP) who does not seem to understand what he has done...|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am||Green card for John-John Dohmen (BEL)|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:46 am||Eduard Tubau pulls back a goal for ESP. ESP-BEL 2-5 with 8mn to go|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:51 am||Yellow card for Eduard Tubau. The Spaniards seem to have a problem with the umpire...|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:56 am||Game over. Belgium wins 5-2 over Spain for 5th-6th place|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:57 am||Amazing result for Belgium. They finish 5th of this Olympic competition, 6 spots higher than their entry ranking.|
|August 11th, 2012 at 6:58 am||Spain finish 6th, 1 spot below their entry ranking, a relief for them after their rocky start in London|