Uruguay produced the biggest shock so far in World League Round 2, with the 50th ranked South Americans recording a stunning victory against 19th ranked Scotland.
Uruguay’s 2-1 triumph over one of the tournament favourites has opened up the competition, with three teams still capable of claiming one of the top two promotion spots.
United States won the top of the table clash with Chile 2-1, a result which has given them a one point lead over Chile and a two point gap over the defeated Scots.
In the first encounter of the day, Trinidad & Tobago finally got themselves on the winning way with a 3-1 win over host side Brazil. Extended reports on each match can be found below.
Trinidad & Tobago 3-1 Brazil
Trinidad recorded their first win of the tournament with a 3-1 victory over host side Brazil.
The first half was evenly balanced in terms of possession with few chances to either side, but it was Trinidad who made the breakthrough in the 11th minute. An initial shot was blocked by the Brazilian goalkeeper but Avion Ashton followed up to sweep the rebound low into the net for the opener.
Trinidad doubled their lead at their fourth penalty corner when Blair Wynne fired the ball high to the keeper`s right. Brazil earned their first penalty corner close to the interval but Petal Derry in the Trinidad goal made a fine diving save to deny the home favourites.
However, Brazil shocked the 27th ranked side by pulling a goal back through a penalty corner early in the second half, with the strike from the top of the circle being deflected past the keeper by captain Patricia Boos. The home side then pressed for the equaliser and certainly had their chances, with four further penalty corners in the period.
Brazil`s momentum was interrupted by a yellow card to Karolina Sluis before Trinidad had a goal ruled out after consultation by the umpires. However, Trinidad did finally get their third in the final second of the match, Krizia Layne took advantage of the Brazilian goalkeeper`s failure to clear the danger and just had time to poke the ball home.
Chile 1-2 USA
USA kept their interest in qualification for Round 3 with a 2-1 win over a tenacious Chile side, and there was a tense finale at the end of the contest.
USA – who required a win to ensure their continued interest in a top two place to earn qualification to the third round – dominated proceedings in the first half but failed to convert pressure into goals.
After a stalemate first ten minutes, USA were unlucky not to take lead when the Chilean defence failed to clear the danger and Katie O`Donnell hit the post with the goalkeeper beaten. Continued American pressure saw the Chilean defence living dangerously, and it took a brilliant goal-line save by Camilla Caram on her 100th cap to prevent USA taking the lead. Craig Parnham`s team then wasted two penalty corners in their quest for that illusive opening goal.
Towards the end of the half Chile suddenly appeared as an attacking force, Andrea Greene just failed to get on the end of a cross and they made nothing of their first penalty corner.
USA made a lively start to the second half and within four minutes they took the lead. Emily Wold was allowed to move into the circle totally unopposed and fired a low shot into the net. The Americans continued to dominate and should have gone further ahead but Katie O`Donnell and Melissa Gonzalez both missed open goals.
A dour midfield contest developed with several green cards, but the Americans stole a 2-0 lead with four minutes left, Melissa Gonzalez scored a low shot after the initial penalty corner had broken down, and the contest seemed over. But back came Chile with two penalty corners, with Camilla Caram scoring from the second PC with a powerful low shot. But the strike proved too little too late as the Americans comfortably ran down the clock.
Uruguay 2-1 Scotland
Uruguay made a mockery of the world rankings in the final match of the day, with 50th ranked team producing the shock of the tournament by beating 19th ranked Scotland 2-1. The result has opened up the race for the coveted top two places and qualification for Round 3 of the World League.
The Scots had most of the pressure throughout the game, but Uruguay were always dangerous on the break, and that was the pattern throughout. Uruguay defended in depth, a tactic that frustrated the lively Scottish forwards. Against the run of play, the Uruguayans opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Janine Stanley deflected a penalty corner strike past the Scottish goalkeeper.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with Scotland applying pressure while Uruguay looked to capitalise on the counter-attack. Scotland`s chances fell to Nikki Kidd and Nikki Lloyd, but no breakthrough was achieved. In fact, it was Uruguay who doubled their advantage when they won a penalty corner thanks to another breakaway, with Ana Lucia de Maria forcing the ball home following a goal-mouth scramble.
The Scots finally had some luck when Uruguay goalkeeper Rossana Passelle turned a cross from Linda Clement into her own goal to reduce the deficit. Although the Scots mounted a few late flurries in the final four minutes, their own goal proved simply to be a consolation as Uruguay comfortably held out.
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