ESP V NZL ( 5th / 6th ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Buenos Aires 2015

ESP
3 - 1
NZL

Match Review ESP - NZL 3-1

Match 31: Spain v New Zealand 3-1 (1-1)

Spain’s Red Sticks kept their Olympic hopes alive after getting the better end on New Zealand’s Black Sticks in the 5th place playoff of the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires. Albert Beltran, Gabriel Dabanch and Andres Mir were the goal-scoring heroes at this 3-1 win.

New Zealand entered the match with intense focus and convincingly grabbed the lead through a phenomenal goal scored by Simon Child (13’). The Black Sticks captain found the net after great work by George Muir.

The Red Sticks found a gap to force the equaliser when Albert Beltran (26’) slotted home the rebound of a Jordi Carrera penalty corner flick. The score was tied at 1-1 at halftime and Spain came out sharp scoring after 43 seconds. Gabriel Dabanch deflected a pass coming from Manel Terraza (31’) to give his Red Sticks the lead.

The lead gave Spain confidence to push forward. The Red Sticks had more ball possession and created a few more promising opportunities in the third quarter they could not capitalize on. New Zealand forced a penalty corner at the end of the third quarter but Xavi Lleonart managed to block the shot.

The last quarter saw the Black Sticks earning a penalty corner but again, they were unable to get the shot away. With the minutes ticking down, Spain defended well and focussed on counter-attacks. New Zealand took full risk and replaced their goalkeeper Devon Manchester by an 11th field player but the effort did not pay off.

Instead, Spain were winning possession and Andres Mir (56’) pushed the ball into the empty goal to secure the 3-1 victory.

Thoughts on the match

Gabriel Dabanch (ESP)
“My goal came in a very important moment. We were pushing really hard before this but couldn’t score. This was very important for the game. We had to win today to keep our chances open to qualify for the Olympics and we still believe in it.”

Colin Batch (NZL)
“We started very well and had a good first half but then we didn’t perform when the pressure came on and we need to learn how to do this. We didn’t play collectively in the important moments of the game. This is something we need to develop further. Our next step is to try to qualify through the Oceania Cup and we know that were are capable of doing this.”

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
NZL 13 6 CHILD Simon FG 0 - 1
ESP 26 27 BELTRAN Albert PC 1 - 1
ESP 31 14 DABANCH Gabriel FG 2 - 1
ESP 56 13 MIR Andres FG 3 - 1

ESP

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
1 CORTES Quico
X
3 ENRIQUE Sergi
X
5 PEREZ-PLA Bosco
X
7 DELAS Miki
5
8 RUIZ Vincenc
6
9 SANTANA Ricardo
X
12 CARRERA Jordi
5
13 MIR Andres 1
X
14 DABANCH Gabriel 1
Bench
16 FERNANDEZ Mario
X
17 LLEONART Xavi
X
19 SALLES Marc
X
20 PIERA Salvador
4
21 CASASAYAS Alex
X
22 TERRAZA Manel
X
25 QUEMADA Pau
9
27 BELTRAN Albert 1
5
28 IGLESIAS Alvaro
  Team Manager HERRERA Bernar
  Head Coach SOYEZ Frederic
  Stand-In Manager RODRIGUEZ Icenk
  Physiotherapist BROS Arturo
  Assistant Coach SALA Ramon
  Physiotherapist MARCH Jaume

NZL

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
4 HAIG Nick
X
5 HAYWARD Andy
X
6 CHILD Simon 1
5
9 HILTON Blair
X
10 ARCHIBALD Ryan
Bench
15 ENERSEN George
5
17 WOODS Nic
X
18 BURROWS Phil
X
20 MANCHESTER Devon
9
21 RUSSELL Kane
X
22 TARRANT Blair
X
24 PANCHIA Arun
X
25 McALEESE Shea
5
27 JENNESS Stephen
9
28 ROWSELL Dwayne
6
29 INGLIS Hugo
X
30 MUIR George
X
31 EDWARDS Steve
  Team Manager LESLIE Chris
  Head Coach BATCH Colin
  Stand-In Manager WOOLFORD Paul
  Assistant Coach COLLINS Bryce
  Medical Doctor McLAREN James (Dr)
  Physiotherapist LEE Peter
  Video Technician LALA Hemant
  Physical Trainer LOGAN Scott
  Psychologist THOMPSON Campbell

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 GRIME Murray
Umpire 2 MEJZLIK Jakub
Reserve Umpire SCALA Maximiliano
Video Umpire NEL Deon
Judge 1 STEWART Tony
Judge 2 BURT Josh
Technical Officer ALEMAN Luis
  • Match 31
  • Date Sun, 14 Jun 2015
  • Time 13:00
  • Pool/Class 5th / 6th
  • Venue CeNARD

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