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

JPN V RSA ( 9/10 ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 1

Match Review JPN - RSA 2-1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
RSA 27 13 DEETLEFS Lisa-Marie PC 0 - 1
JPN 63 6 MURAKAMI Ai PC 1 - 1
JPN 80 6 MURAKAMI Ai PS 2 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
JPN 13 4 IWAO Sachimi G
JPN 28 12 SHIBATA Akane G
JPN 34 2 HAYASHI Nagisa G
JPN 51 4 IWAO Sachimi Y
RSA 56 17 GEORGE Lesle-Ann Y
RSA 64 3 WOODS Kate Y
RSA 67 23 COSTON Bernadette Y
JPN 72 11 FUJIO Kaori G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 BARTLEMA Stella
Umpire 2 HASSICK Amy
Reserve Umpire KANG Hyun Young
Judge 1 RINALDINI Lorena
Judge 2 MORROW Sheila
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Japan – South Africa 2-1 OT (half-time: 0-1)

The first placement game of the London Olympic hockey tournament went the distance as it took a overtime to determine the ninth-place finisher. In the end Japan’s Ai Murakami calmly stepped up and scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke with 5:13 left in overtime to lift Japan to a ninth-place finish. Murakami scored both of Japan’s goals in the win.

It was the first time in Japan’s three Olympic appearances that they won the placement game. Japan now has the trio of 8-9-10 for Olympic finishes. South Africa ends its 2012 Olympics in 10th place, still not a bad showing for the country, which finished in 11th-place in Beijing

Japan used its trademark speed, but South Africa kept up with the pace and defended the Japanese strikes well. Ultimately, it was South Africa’s penalty corner that made the difference in the close game. Lisa Marie Deetlefs was by the post to deflect in a perfectly executed penalty corner 27 minutes into the game to give the South Africans the 1-0 advantage.

The goal was nearly enough to pull South Africa through to the win, but Japan turned things up a notch midway through the second half and was rewarded for its efforts when Murakami put in the equalizer on a penalty corner that bounced in off South African goalkeeper Mariette Rix.

Japan pushed for the go-ahead goal before the end of regulation, including a diving effort with six seconds left that just went wide, but the first placement game of the Olympic hockey tournament headed into overtime where Murakami played the role of hero, giving the Japanese a positive end to their London Games.

 (Eric Bailey)

  • Match 31
  • Date Wed, 8 Aug 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class 9/10
  • Venue

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