Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

ESP V NZL ( Pool C ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

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Match Review ESP - NZL 3-2

Alegre brothers on target as Spain defeat Black Sticks
Pool C – Spain 3-2 New Zealand

Another large and noisy crowd turned out to watch host nation New Zealand’s Pool C clash with Spain, but sadly their side felt to a 3-2 defeat to the re-invigorated Europeans. The Black Sticks lead their opponents twice thanks to goals from Andrew Hayward and Blair Hilton but were pegged back by strikes from Ramon Alegre and Edi Tubau before Ramon’s brother David Alegre hit a brilliant winner four minutes from time.  

The victory leaves Spain in a strong position ahead of the final round of Pool C matches, but are still likely to need a win against The Netherlands on Saturday if they are to book their place in Sunday’s final.  

Spain’s Roc Oliva came close to opening the scoring early in the match with a smart deflection that travelled just wide of the target before New Zealand sent the home crowd into raptures when Andy Hayward netted with a 16th minute penalty corner. Hayward’s low flick rattled the right post before the ball hit a Spanish foot and trickled over the goal-line.

However, Spain ensured that they went into the break level thanks to a 32nd minute penalty corner from Ramon Alegre, who instinctively volleyed home following a good initial save from Black Sticks keeper Kyle Pontifex.

New Zealand re-established their advantage shortly after half time when Blair Hilton deflected into the goal following a great run from Shea McAleese, but again Spain hit back thanks to a classy reverse stick finish from mercurial striker Edi Tubau.

The latter stages of the game ebbed and flowed, with the home crowd desperate to see their side come away with all three points. Sadly they were to be disappointed when David Alegre crashed a powerful shot into the goal from a tight angle in the 66th minute to effectively seal victory. New Zealand rallied hard in the dying seconds, but Spain held on for victory. 

  • Match 15
  • Date Thu, 8 Dec 2011
  • Time 18:05
  • Pool/Class Pool C
  • Venue

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