|July 4th, 2013|
|13||Quarterfinal||2:45pm||ARG - RSA||2 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 8|
Argentina - South Africa 2-0 (1-0)
Pool A winners Argentina have qualified for the Semi Finals of the Hockey World League Semi Final event in Johor Bahru courtesy of an 2-0 triumph over South Africa. 20 year old penalty corner star Gonzalo Piellat scored both of the goals, moving Argentina a step closer to securing a place at the next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague.
The South Americans were the dominant force throughout the first half, with the South African defence being forced to defend in numbers in a bid to keep the lively Argentinean strike force at bay. The South African back line was in superb form, with goalkeeper Erasmus Pieterse making a number of world class saves to deny their opponents. Lucas Rossi, Gonzalo Peillat and Lucas Villa were all thwarted thanks to stunning blocks from South Africa’s agile shot-stopper, before Argentina finally got a mark on the score-sheet in the 27th minute. Peillat was the scorer, with his penalty corner drag-flick taking a wicked deflection which deceived the stranded Pieterse, who produced another miraculous save to deny Guillermo Schickendantz just before half time.
Argentina continued their fine form in the second period, and doubled their lead in the 40th minute. Again it was Peillat who was on target, launching an unstoppable penalty corner flick just inside the left post to put the South Americans on firm ground.
Despite a 47th minute yellow card for Lloyd Norris-Jones, South Africa gave a much better showing of themselves in the second half and won a handful of penalty corners, but could not find a way through Argentina’s rock solid defensive wall.
In the dying minutes of the match, South Africa went broke and replaced their goalkeeper with an outfield player, hoping that the extra outfield player could help them save the game. However, Argentina remained in firm control, and finished the match with a clean sheet.
Argentina’s Semi Final opponents will be either England or Japan, who play each other in the second match of the day here in Johor.
|July 04th, 2013 at 1:42 am||JOHOR: Welcome to the first Quarter Final of the day at the HWL event in Malaysia, with Argentina facing South Africa.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 1:43 am||JOHOR: ARG v RSA - LIVE STREAMING HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUVf6BpiqpM Please Retweet!|
|July 04th, 2013 at 1:54 am||JOHOR: ARG v RSA - Match underway! Goal reports will be posted here.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:00 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA Lucas Rossi cracks a backhand strike towards goal, but RSA keeper Erasmus Pieterse pads the ball away to safety|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:01 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - Early PC for ARG, but the flick is well charged down by RSA's defenders|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:07 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - 13 mins: another two penalty corners for Argentina, but the RSA defence holds firm|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:09 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - 15 mins: Two more ARG chances are denied by fine saves from Pieterse, who needs treatment after a clash|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:12 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - 18 mins: Pieterse has recovered, but ARG are relentlessly pursuing this first goal.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:19 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - 23 mins: Incredible defending from South Africa at the moment, somehow keeping Argentina off the score-board|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:23 am||JOHOR: ARG 0-0 RSA - 27 mins: Lucas Vila drives into the circle from the left and finds an RSA foot - penalty corner to ARG|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:25 am||JOHOR: ARG 1-0 RSA - 27 mins: Gonzalo Peillat's PC flick takes a huge deflection off an RSA stick and flies into the goal. ARG lead.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:30 am||JOHOR: ARG 1-0 RSA - 32 mins: Another outstanding glove save from Pieterse, blocking a rocket shot from Guiilermo Schickendantz|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:34 am||JOHOR: ARG 1-0 RSA - 35 mins: HALF TIME. Argentina deservedly lead, and it could have been many more were it not for Pieterse.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:48 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - 40 mins: Gonzalo Peillat grabs his second of the game with a terrific penalty corner flick early in the 2nd half|
|July 04th, 2013 at 2:58 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - 47 mins: Lloyd Norris-Jones is shown a Yellow Card, reducing RSA's on field players to ten.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 3:11 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - 61 mins: Decent spell for RSA results in a penalty corner, but ARG defenders block Wade Paton's effort|
|July 04th, 2013 at 3:13 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - 63 mins: Another penalty corner for RSA, but the routine doesn't work out as planned.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 3:17 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - 67 mins: RSA remove their keeper, bringing on an extra outfield player in the search for a result.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 3:24 am||JOHOR: ARG 2-0 RSA - FULL TIME - Gonzalo Peillat's double strike puts Argentina into the Semi Finals.|