But both teams seemed to have misplaced their basic skills though, and a lot of passes went astray or were not trapped properly. With time ticking down, the Cubans became more and more anxious to create scoring opportunities, but the Dutch Antilles kept an efficient defensive structure to prevent clean scoring chances. The Cubans had a couple penalty-corners late in the game but failed to generate dangerous shots from them.
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The result of this game was meaningless for both teams: after the draw in the previous game, the
This match was played again in front of an enthusiastic crowd that might not know the finer points of the game of hockey but faithfully cheered the local team, even when the goals accumulated against them. They could see that the Brazilian girls, despite their lack of international experience, were fighting hard in defense and desperately trying to build a decent attack when they had a chance.
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The last match of pool play opposed two teams already qualified. It could have been a formality for
The first half was fairly evenly matched and quite pleasant to watch, although not played at a high tempo.
It finally took a decisive run by Luciana Aymar to penetrate deep in the circle and tie the game on a rebound from the goalkeeper. Nevertheless, the Chilean girls still fancied their chances and kept playing to score but they could not penetrate any more the Argentinean defensive structure. It was Aymar again who broke the deadlock with a world class run and shot that brought back some jump in the singing of the relieved fans.
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