Spain vs. Brazil
Spain blanked host team Brazil 7-0 in the last round of men’s day one pool play.
Both teams may have been silent in the first quarter, but the fans certainly were not. Brazil’s home base showed full support by being loud and booing Spain every chance that they could.
Spain opened up all scoring in the second quarter after Xavi Lleonart put one past Brazil’s goalkeeper Rodrigo Faustino. This would end up being the highlight of the first half as Spain went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Spain built on its lead in the third quarter. Roc Oliva deflected a shot into the goal. Almost immediately after, Josep Romeu scored off of a penalty corner. Spain scored twice more to put themselves up 5-0 over Brazil.
In the fourth quarter, Spain would not slow down. The team scored two more goals, giving them the final, overpowering seven-goal lead.
Canada vs. Germany
The reigning gold-medalist Germany defeated Canada in its first game by a score of 6-2. Four different players scored for the Germans.
Team captain Moritz Furste got everything started after scoring off of the team’s first penalty corner. They continued to dominate on offense when Niklas Wellen put one past Canada’s goalkeeper.
The Red Caribou answered with a goal from Mark Pearson, but Germany would continue to overwhelm the Canada defense. They converted off of a rebound from a penalty corner. Mathias Muller increased the lead to two goals.
Starting the third quarter of play, Linus Butt and Furste scored a pair of goals to put Germany up 5-1. Canada finally got things going once Keegan Pereira slapped one into the back of Germany’s goal.
The lead that Germany built up was too much for Canada to come back from. The teams battled it out defensively in the fourth ultimately leading to Germany's four-goal victory.
Australia vs. New Zealand
Defending bronze-medalist Australia defeated New Zealand 2-1 in its first matchup of Pool A play.
The Kookaburras took an early lead over New Zealand after Chris Ciriello converted on a penalty corner.
Both teams remained quiet until about halfway through the second quarter. Jamie Dwyer pushed the ball downfield and flicked a pass to teammate Matt Gohdes to put the Kookaburras up 2-0.
New Zealand came out in the third quarter attacking, knowing they needed to make up for a slow start. The Black Sticks ended up bringing it right back within one goal of the Olympic favorites.
They had a chance to tie it up when Hugo Inglis tipped the ball into the goal with six minutes to go in the game. The goal would end up being disallowed, and Australia’s defense played strong for the rest of the game to keep its 2-1 lead in tact.
Belgium vs. Great Britain
Belgium dominated Great Britain 4-1 in the first round of men’s field hockey Pool A play.
The Belgium team got on the board early after a goal from Jerome Truyens. After trading shots back and forth for most of the first two quarters, Great Britain finally put one in the goal. Nick Catlin fired a shot that landed in the near post and sent his team into the second half tied with Belgium.
Belgium scored back-to-back goals early in the third quarter. First, they executed a penalty corner to perfection when Tanguy Cosyns scored. Shortly after, Simon Gougnard scored off of a clear from Great Britain’s goalkeeper, putting his team up two goals.
With a cushioned lead, Belgium headed into the fourth quarter confident. They clutched the victory after luring Great Britain’s goalkeeper out far enough for Cedric Charlier to be wide open for a shot, tallying the final score up to 4-1.
India vs. Ireland
India defeated Ireland 3-2 in Pool B’s second game of the day, led by Rupinder Pal Singh’s two goals.
India tested David Harte in goal for the entirety of the first quarter after a strong offensive attack. After getting multiple chances at a penalty corner with one second remaining on the clock, India’s Raghunath Vokkaliga finally managed to sneak one past Harte to put India up 1-0 heading into the second.
India continued its scoring streak in the second quarter, but The Green Machine would remain scoreless heading into the second half of the game down by two goals.
John Jermyn put Ireland back in the game with 12 seconds remaining in the third with a drag flick off of a penalty corner. This cut India’s lead to just one.
In the fourth quarter, India continued to dominate with its penalty corner conversions after a shot bounced into the goal off of an Ireland defender’s stick. However, Ireland continued to attack. Conor Harte bounced one over the top of the goalie’s head to make the score 3-2 with four minutes left in the game. India's defense as time expired sealed its first victory of pool play.
Argentina vs. Netherlands
In an exciting first game of men’s field hockey pool play, Argentina came back to tie the Netherlands 3-3.
The two teams stayed even at one goal each through the first half of the game. The Dutch had a breakout third quarter beginning with a goal from Mink van der Weerden off of a penalty corner.
Goal number three for the Dutch came in the 42nd minute from Severiano van Ass. He received a cross while wide open in front of the goal and tapped the ball easily into the corner of the net. This put the Dutch ahead by two heading into the fourth quarter.
Argentina would not go down easy. The fight began with Los Leones converting on a penalty corner to cut the deficit to just one goal with plenty of game left to make a run. They continued to pound at the Netherlands defense and tied it all up at three goals after Matias Paredes scored off of a wild bounce of the ball.