Argentina’s Los Leones and Chile have powered their way into the men’s semi-finals of the Pan American Games in Toronto thanks to impressive quarter-final performances in Toronto on Tuesday morning.
Competition top scorer Gonzalo Peillat continued his remarkable form with a four goal haul as Argentina showed exactly why they are the top ranked team in the competition with a comprehensive win against Mexico, while Martin Vincente netted a double as Chile overcame a stern challenge from Cuba.
Argentina and Chile will face each other in the semi-finals, while the second semi-final will be contested between Brazil and Canada after both won their matches this morning. Brazil defeated USA in a dramatic shoot-out (3-1) after their match finished 1-1. And in the last game of the day, home nation Canada booked their place in the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
More details on the matches can be found below.
QF 1: Argentina 12-0 Mexico
Penalty corner ace Gonzalo Peillat netted four times to take his competition tally to 12 goals as Pool A winners Argentina cruised to a comfortable win over Pool B’s bottom ranked team Mexico. Peillat hit a hat-trick of penalty corners as well as a rare field goal as the world number five continued their impressive defence of the Pan Am Games title that they won in Guadelajara in 2011. Manuel Brunet and Peillat were on target in the first quarter ahead of a second quarter that saw team captain Matias Paredes and Lucas Vila register before a quick-fire double from Peillat completed his hat-trick and took the score to 6-0 at half time. Three goals arrived in each of the third and the fourth quarters. Vila, Paredes and Juan Gilardi gave Los Leones a 9-0 lead at the end of the third quarter, with Vila completing his hat-trick before Agustin Mazilli and Peillat brought the match scoring to a close.
QF 2: Chile 6-2 Cuba
Pool B runners up Chile proved just too strong for Pool A’s third ranked team Cuba, with the former running out 6-2 winners to set up a semi-final meeting with high-flying Argentina. Chile were forced to battle back from a goal down before emerging triumphant, with Cuba yet again showing that they are a far better side than their FIH World Ranking of 48 would suggest. Yoandy Blanco bagged his sixth goal of the competition to give Cuba a shock lead against the 25th ranked Chileans, an advantage that they held until the third quarter when open play strikes from Alexis Berczely and Sven Richter turned the match on its head. A Fernando Renz field goal followed by a penalty stroke from Martin Vincente took the score to 4-1 early in the fourth quarter, although Maikel Tritzant’s penalty corner gave Cuba hope with nine minutes remaining. However, the Chileans killed off the game thanks to goals from Martin Rodriguez and a second for Vincente to take their place alongside Argentina in the semi-finals. Cuba will now face Mexico in the 5-8 classification matches.
QF 3 USA 1 Brazil 1 (1-3)
A closely contested match saw the first half of the game end with the score at 0-0. Brazil whose solid defending had kept the USA at bay well into the third quarter, then broke the deadlock with Matheus Borges scoring from a penalty corner to go 1-0 up. A minute later they had another penalty corner but it was saved by USA keeper, Christopher Rea.
Valiant defending in the fourth quarter by Brazil including two great saves by Brazil’s keeper Rodrigo Faustino saw them hold onto the lead until the 57th minute when USA’s Tyler Sundeen finally found a way through to level the score. With the score level at the final whistle, the game went into a penalty shoot-out.
Lucas Paixao stepped up first for Brazil and scored the first goal. Pat Harris then went first for USA but the ball went wide. Yuri van der Hejiden then scored for Brazil, while Moritz Runzi missed. Sousa scored for Brazil; and Christian Linney put one in for USA. Patrick vander Hejiden then missed for Brazil but so did Alex Cunningham for USA which ensured that Brazil emerged as the winners (3-1 in the shoot-out) to go forward to the semi-finals.
Brazil’s semi-final place also ensured they fulfilled the qualification criteria as host nation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
QF 4 Canada 3 Trinidad and Tobago 0
Hockey World League finalists Canada came out of the gate quickly at the start of the match and scored in the third minute through Iain Smythe. Penalty corner chances for both teams were then not capitalised on as both teams defended well until Canada found a way through at the end of the second quarter.
Matthew Sarmento beat Trinidad and Tobago keeper Andrey Rocke to put Canada 2-0 up going into the third quarter. His goal was then added to by Canada Captain Scott Tupper to make it 3-0. Trinidad and Tobago responded with a flurry of shots but Canada keeper Dave Carter was there to make the saves and ensure his team sealed their spot in the semi-finals with a 3-0 win. The game also saw forward Matthew Guest celebrate playing his 100th international on home soil.
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