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

NZL V ARG ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

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Match Review NZL - ARG 1-2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
ARG 3 11 REBECCHI Carla FG 0 - 1
ARG 45 11 REBECCHI Carla FG 0 - 2
NZL 62 28 HARRISON Charlotte FG 1 - 2


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
ARG 62 19 MACCARI Sofia G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 ROACH Lisa
Umpire 2 METCHETTE Carol
Reserve Umpire STEWART Wendy
Judge 1 PARKS Paula
Judge 2 MORROW Sheila
Technical Officer ELLIS Janet

Argentina redeemed themselves after losing to Pan American rivals of the USA two days ago. With their win over New Zealand, Pool B becomes complicated with four teams seating on 6 points (two wins and a loss).

Argentina started at full speed and earned two early penalty-corners. Noel Barrionuevo was not on target, but Carla Rebecchi managed to steal a ball between two defenders, rushed into the circle and left no chance to Bianca Russell in the Black Sticks’ goal to open the scoring in the 3rd minute of play.

New Zealand tried to settle down but stayed under intense pressure from Las Leonas, until the 20th minute when Krystal Forgesson forced a penalty-corner on one of their lone incursions in Argentinean territory. It generated three retakes: Clarissa Eshuis’ flick was blocked twice by the defense, then Katie Glynn’ powerful direct shot was deflected high by Florencia Mutio in the Argentinean goal.

The game was entertaining, flowing back and forth, with dangerous actions in both circles. The best chance was for Argentina with 3 minutes left in the period, on penalty-corner, but Barrionuevo’s flick was once again well defended by the Black Sticks and half-time was reached with a meagre lead for Argentina and the feeling that the match could go either way.

New Zealand pushed back Argentina on their heels at the beginning of second period and won a penalty-corner. They tried an option with Kayla Sharland but her low push was deflected by Florencia Mutio. The Black Sticks immediately created another golden opportunity by Gemma Flynn, then Cathryn Finlayson, doing the hardest part to split the whole Argentinean defense but unable to adjust a final shot alone in front of the keeper.

The scare was too much for Argentina and, on the counter-attack, Rosario Luchetti offered a gem to Carla Rebecchi, well positioned to score her second goal of the night and establish a more comfortable cushion for the World Champions. Play continued at high pace, probably the most exiting match of the day, and Charlotte Harrison reduced the gap to one goal with a spectacular diving deflection at the far post, setting up a torrid end of match.

The last five minutes of the match were intense, but no more goal were scored and the Argentinean fans were soon singing in the stands to celebrate the win for Las Leonas, which creates a complicated situation in Pool B with 4 teams (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Germany) having 6 points for their two wins and one loss.

  • Match 18
  • Date Thu, 2 Aug 2012
  • Time 21:15
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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