|August 2nd, 2012|
|18||Pool B||9:15pm||NZL - ARG||1 - 2 (0 - 1)||Final|
Argentina redeemed themselves after losing to Pan American rivals of the USA two days ago. With their win over New Zealand, Pool B becomes complicated with four teams seating on 6 points (two wins and a loss).
Argentina started at full speed and earned two early penalty-corners. Noel Barrionuevo was not on target, but Carla Rebecchi managed to steal a ball between two defenders, rushed into the circle and left no chance to Bianca Russell in the Black Sticks’ goal to open the scoring in the 3rd minute of play.
New Zealand tried to settle down but stayed under intense pressure from Las Leonas, until the 20th minute when Krystal Forgesson forced a penalty-corner on one of their lone incursions in Argentinean territory. It generated three retakes: Clarissa Eshuis’ flick was blocked twice by the defense, then Katie Glynn’ powerful direct shot was deflected high by Florencia Mutio in the Argentinean goal.
The game was entertaining, flowing back and forth, with dangerous actions in both circles. The best chance was for Argentina with 3 minutes left in the period, on penalty-corner, but Barrionuevo’s flick was once again well defended by the Black Sticks and half-time was reached with a meagre lead for Argentina and the feeling that the match could go either way.
New Zealand pushed back Argentina on their heels at the beginning of second period and won a penalty-corner. They tried an option with Kayla Sharland but her low push was deflected by Florencia Mutio. The Black Sticks immediately created another golden opportunity by Gemma Flynn, then Cathryn Finlayson, doing the hardest part to split the whole Argentinean defense but unable to adjust a final shot alone in front of the keeper.
The scare was too much for Argentina and, on the counter-attack, Rosario Luchetti offered a gem to Carla Rebecchi, well positioned to score her second goal of the night and establish a more comfortable cushion for the World Champions. Play continued at high pace, probably the most exiting match of the day, and Charlotte Harrison reduced the gap to one goal with a spectacular diving deflection at the far post, setting up a torrid end of match.
The last five minutes of the match were intense, but no more goal were scored and the Argentinean fans were soon singing in the stands to celebrate the win for Las Leonas, which creates a complicated situation in Pool B with 4 teams (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Germany) having 6 points for their two wins and one loss.
Carla REBECCHI (ARG)
On winning this match after losing to USA: "I am very happy with this result, this was very important, and of course I am also happy about scoring twice. After the USA game, we forgot about the loss and went into this game differently. We were more concentrated from the beginning of the game and more aggressive in both defence and attack."
On New Zealand's counter-attacks: "New Zealand is a team that uses a lot of counter-attacks and they have very fast players, so you have to be well prepared for that."
On their strengths in this match: "In defence, from the first line back, we were very solid. I also think we played very effectively and used every chance we got."
Rosario LUCHETTI (ARG)
On picking themselves up after losing to USA in their last match: "We were sad after losing our last match, but only for about 10 minutes. Every game is a new game for us and we came out fighting tonight and showed we can win. Hopefully the other teams we still face will have been watching."
On counter-attacks in tonight's match: "We're an offensive team. We like to attack and we didn't hold back tonight, and it worked. In our last game it didn't work so well, but tonight it did, so that's important for us to do again."
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm||Match between New Zealand and Argentina just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm||Umpires for NZL vs. ARG are Lisa ROACH (AUS) and Carol METCHETTE (IRL)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm||NZL have so far won against Australia (1-0) and South Africa (4-1), and stand on top of Pool B with 6 points|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm||ARG have so far won against South Africa (7-1) and lost to USA (0-1)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:25 pm||Carla Rebecchi steals a ball between two NZL defenders, rushes in the circle and scores in the 3rd minute NZL-ARG: 0-1|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:44 pm||3 unsuccessful penalty-corner for NZL: Clarissa Eshuis’ flick blocked twice, then Katie Glynn’ direct shot is deflected high|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:46 pm||The game is entertaining, flowing back and forth, with dangerous actions in both circles. Still NZL-ARG 0-1|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm||Halftime at the Riverbank Arena. Argentina still leading thanks to the early goal by Carla Rebecchi. NZL-ARG: 0-1|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 4:11 pm||Penalty-corner for NZL: they try an option with Kayla Sharland but her low push is deflected by Florencia Mutio.|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 4:14 pm||Carla Rebecchi scores her second goal of the night to push the score to 2-0 for ARG|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm||Charlotte Harrison scores for New Zealand, reducing the gap. NZL-ARG: 1-2 with 7 minutes to go. Most exiting match of the day!|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 4:41 pm||End of match: Argentina keeps their narrow lead (2-1) over New Zealand. 4 teams have 6 points in Pool !|