Australia Dominates To Finish Pool Play
Australia dominated Brazil 9-0 in the last game of men’s pool play.
The Kookaburras never once lost control of the game. They went up 6-0 on Brazil before the second quarter was over behind a hat trick from Glenn Turner. The defense did not allow Brazil one shot opportunity up to that point.
Jamie Dwyer also found his rhythm early on. He scored the first two goals of the contest barely two minutes apart from each other. Blake Govers scored two goals as well in the win.
Australia dominated on penalty corner opportunities, receiving 14 chances. The Kookaburras converted on five of those attempts.
Brazil only scored one goal throughout the whole tournament and will not qualify to the quarterfinal round, while Australia finishes Pool A in third place.
Argentina Holds Off Ireland to Qualify
Argentina held off Ireland to win 3-2 and seal its qualification for the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
Gonzalo Peillat scored two goals off of penalty corners for Argentina, who cut Ireland’s run in Rio short.
Argentina maintained a 2-1 lead until Shane O’Donoghue converted on a tricky penalty corner play. With plenty of game left to go up, Peillat took advantage and gave Argentina the 3-2 lead with minutes left in the game.
Ireland, who hadn’t qualified for the Games in over a century, finished in fifth place while Argentina maintained its fourth place spot.
New Zealand Picks Up Must-Win
In a must-win game, New Zealand got it done topping Belgium by a score of 3-1.
It was pretty much all New Zealand this game, which was surprising considering the dominant run that Belgium has gone on so far in this tournament.
A perfectly executed penalty corner put the Black Sticks on the board after the shot was faked and the ball was swiveled around to Simon Child.
Later New Zealand took a 2-0 lead after James Coughlan saw an open Nick Wilson who slammed it into the cage. Hugo Inglis added the third goal, which pretty much put it out of reach for Belgium.
Belgium had one goal in them, a reverse-stick chip from Florent Van Aubel.
While the Black Sticks got the win that they needed, Belgium still finished in the top spot of Pool A thanks to the goal differential over Spain.
Great Britain On The Cusp
Spain and Great Britain’s match ended in a 1-1 tie, making Great Britain’s chances at qualification to the next round dependent on the rest of the matches.
Team GB needed a win to bump them up in the standings, but only got one point for the draw. If New Zealand loses to Belgium, then they will get the chance to qualify to the next round of the tournament.
Spain took an early lead on Great Britain after a goal from David Alegre, but Sam Ward came back to tie it right up with under a minute left in the second quarter.
From there, both teams fought hard to get something working for them to take the lead, but couldn’t find any opportunities. Team GB thought it had something when Ashley Jackson bounced the ball right past Francisco Cortes in goal, but the goal would be nullified.
Germany Finishes First in Pool B
Germany prevailed over a strong Netherlands team, defeating them 2-1 to clinch the top spot in Pool B.
Florian Fuchs opened up scoring for the Germans, and Mats Grambusch piled it on after scoring off of a deflection.
The Netherlands attempted to stage a comeback when Seve Van Ass scored to cut the lead to one goal. Germany’s defense held of all further attempts from the Netherlands, even quelling the force of Mink Van der Weerden, who has been dominant during penalty corner opportunities this tournament.
The Dutch will finish second in the pool, and both teams will qualify for the quarterfinal round.
Tupper's Efforts Fall Short
After a comeback led by Scott Tupper’s two goals, Canada and India ended their match tied 2-2.
A physical game that stayed even for the first half of play turned to India’s favor in the third quarter when Akashdeep Singh scored on a penalty corner.
Tupper had an answer for that when he found success on a corner shortly after.
The back and forth continued as India scored on a deflection that went high into the cage. Tupper swooped in again to save his team from being down a point and scored his second penalty corner goal.
With seconds remaining, Canada had control of the ball. Unfortunately they couldn’t capitalize on the chance for the win, which doused its hopes to move on to the quarterfinal round.
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