Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

ARG V RSA ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

ARG
7 - 1
RSA

Match Review ARG - RSA 7-1

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ARG 8 8 AYMAR Luciana PC 1 - 0
ARG 20 30 SRUOGA Maria PC 2 - 0
RSA 23 12 CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie FG 2 - 1
ARG 25 7 CAVALLERO Martina FG 3 - 1
ARG 29 8 AYMAR Luciana PC 4 - 1
ARG 31 11 REBECCHI Carla FG 5 - 1
ARG 62 27 BARRIONUEVO Noel PC 6 - 1
ARG 68 25 D'ELIA Silvina PC 7 - 1

RSA


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 MIAO Lin
Umpire 2 ROACH Lisa
Reserve Umpire KANG Hyun Young
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 MORROW Sheila
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Argentina blew South Africa away in the first half to get their Olympic campaign off to a breathtaking start at a soaked Riverbank Arena in front of a crowd of over 12,500.

They ran up a 5-1 lead by the interval as the inter-changing lines of the likes of Daniela Sruoga, Delfina Merino and Carla Rebecchi was too hot to handle. Luciana Aymar was pulling the strings and it saw them run up a string of penalty corners. For the most part, Sulette Damons was doing a brilliant job to shut down Noel Barriosnuevo’s first phase efforts.

But the rebounds fell kindly as, first, Aymar provided a neat dink before smashing home the third corner in the eighth minute, her 129th international effort. Josefina Sruoga finished off the next after the ball got caught in Mariette Rix’s pads and she pounced to snap up from close range.

South Africa did get one back a minute later, again an Argentinean corner proving the route. This time, however, Rix saved well and her side produced a full-length counter. Shelly Russell worked the ball to Jennifer Wilson who picked a delightful cross for Dirkie Chamberlain to slide onto and score the pick of today’s goal to date.

But Argentina were insatiable up front and there proved to be scant respite from the intense preesure. Martina Cavallero restored the two-goal advantage as Daniela Sruoga jinked through the circle. From corner number six, Aymar notched her second, again a rebound while Carla Rebecchi picked off a peach of a reverse – Aymar the provider for 5-1 at the break. 

The second half proved a more sedate affair with Argentina sitting deeper, conserving energy while South Africa endeavoured to push on but could not break through. Noel Barrionuevo’s neatly worked corner-switch extended the margin to 6-1 with nine minutes to go while Silvina D’Elia’s unpressurised hit from her side’s ninth corner completed the rout late on.

(Stephen Findlater)
  • Match 4
  • Date Sun, 29 Jul 2012
  • Time 16:00
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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