|December 1st, 2012|
|3||Pool B||2:30pm||AUS - BEL||4 - 2 (2 - 0)||Final|
Australia – Belgium 4-2 (2-0 halftime)
In a mirror image of the earlier game between Germany and New Zealand, Host Australia had to hold off a second-half surge from Belgium to survive its first outing at the 2012 Champions Trophy. Ultimately, the Aussies earned the 4-2 win, keeping the Melbourne fans happy and the defending champions in a better position to make it five-in-a-row at the annual event.
Australia was the clearly the better team for the 70 minutes, but a two-minute lapse nearly cost them dearly as Belgium’s Sebastien Dockier fired in two markers to make it a one-goal game in the opening moments of the second half. The comeback cost the Australians both mental and physical energy as they were forced to turn their game up a notch to survive the Belgian scramble.
Early on, it looked like it would be all Australia as they wasted no time getting on the board, taking the 1-0 lead just four minutes into action. On the second Aussie penalty corner chance, the ball ended up loose in the crease and bounced right onto the stick of Glenn Simpson, who scored the early marker.
Eventually Jacob Whetton doubled the Australian lead with six minutes left in the half. The second effort goal came on Australia’s third-straight penalty corner chance in a three-minute span.
The second half opened with a flurry of activity as three goals were scored in a three-minute span. Australian Russell Ford thought he had set the tone with his streaking goal just over a minute into action giving the Aussies a solid 3-0 lead, but it would last for less than a minute as Dockier put in his first of two rapid-fire goals to put the Australians on their toes. Dockier deflected the ball in on the 3-1 goal and then was in perfect position to fire in the 3-2 goal 45 seconds later.
After the excitement, things came to a screeching halt on both sides of the field until Chris Ciriello put in the critical 4-2 goal on a penalty corner to give the Australians some breathing room. Ciriello suffered a broken nose early in the game after getting hit with the ball, but returned to action in the second half.
|November 30th, 2012 at 9:31 pm||And the games keep rolling here in Melbourne. Next up: Host Australia takes on Belgium. Anthems are on|
|November 30th, 2012 at 9:41 pm||Four minutes in and Australia takes a 1-0 lead against Belgium on a follow-up on a penalty corner.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 9:51 pm||Australia makes the save on the first Belgium pc chance of the game 20 to go in the first half|
|November 30th, 2012 at 10:11 pm||Third time is the charm for Australia. On their third straight pc chance, they put in the 2-0 goal. Six to go in the half|
|November 30th, 2012 at 10:17 pm||The Aussies take the 2-0 lead into the half against Belgium.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 10:31 pm||Russell Ford bumps the Aussie advantage up to 3-0 just over a minute into the first half|
|November 30th, 2012 at 10:32 pm||Belgium has the quick answer to pull the Australian lead back to two goals. Looks like Sebastian Dockier was gets credit.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 10:33 pm||And less than a minute later Dockier strikes again to make it a one-goal game. An action packed first five minutes in the half|
|November 30th, 2012 at 11:00 pm||Ciriello scores the key 4-2 goal -- impressive considering he broke his nose in the first half|
|November 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm||Australia grabs three points in their first outing at the CT with a 4-2 win against Belgium.|