|November 25th, 2012|
|5||Pool A||10:00am||CAN - POL||3 - 3 (1 - 1)||Final|
Canada v Poland 3-3 (1-1): Marcin Lewartowski's double hit wins a point for Poland
In the morning game in Quilmes, Poland caught Canada on the wrong foot, winning a penalty corner with only a little over two minutes on the clock that was duly converted by Miroslaw Juszczak. The Canadians immediately pushed back, chasing the elusive equalizer but it took them twenty minutes to succeed, with Gabbar Singh as the author. Neither side could score more, and they went into halftime tied at 1-1.
After the break, Canada kept the momentum from the late first half equalizer up, and took the lead early with a goal by Hudson Stewart. The Canadians were on a roll, and showed some excellent combination play, putting persistent pressure on the Polish defense and creating a number of chances. The Polish players seemed to start struggling with the unrelenting Canadian attacks and the once more blindingly bright sunshine in Quilmes as time went on, but Canada couldn't consolidate their lead.
Finally, Gabriel Ho-Garcia managed to put another one on the scoreboard for Canada with a brilliant touch, tipping a diagonal ball across the circle over the line near the far post. Rather than consigning the Polish to their fate, the strike seemed to jolt them awake, and Marcin Lewartowski inflicted a quick double hit to tie the score, maing good use of the one man advantage after two Canadians and one Polish player were off the field on yellow cards.
The final ten minutes of the match were fiercely contested, but the scoreboard didn't change any further, the final 3-3 score giving each team their first point in pool A.
Anthony Farry (Coach Canada): "It’s very hard to win an international match especially when three players are sent off with yellow cards. Our movement was really good, we were quite aggressive with pressing, and looking good in patches, but discipline cost us today."
Stewart Hudson (Goalscorer for Canada): "I’m disappointed with the result today. We lost composure and they took advantage of that and our yellow cards. We must correct that for the next match and play with composure and intelligence, as we were very sloppy."
Gabbar Singh (Goalscorer for Canada): "We actually have a very young team, and they played really well, but we couldn’t control the game and we missed many opportunities. We could have won, but we missed a few good chances. Hopefully, the young players can get more confidence for the next game."
Karol Sniezek (Coach Poland): "It was a difficult game for us, the second game in a row. The first game we lost, and today we very much wanted our first points. We knew that the Canadian team has a good press and they played very well in the first half, but we knew as well that they were going to become more and more tired. So we waited for our chance to score and get our point today.
Karol Sniezek (Coach Poland): "I am very happy that my youngest player could score in this tournament. These are Marcin Lewartowski's first goals in his international career. He is only 19 years old and the third goal was beautiful. They played very well today and that makes me feel happy for him."