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FIP World Polo Championship: Day 3
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FIP World Polo Championship: Day 3

Argentina, closer to the final

October 25, 2017
October 25, 2017
The FIP World Polo Championship continues in Sydney, Australia, at the Sydney Polo Club with the participation of 8 national teams up to 14 goals. After Tuesday’s matchday, which showcased wins for Argentina and the United States, the south americans are now closer to the final.

ARGENTINA 12-3.5 SPAIN

Argentina continued their dominating run in the FIP Word Championship at Sydney Polo Club on Tuesday with a convincing second victory in Group A, defeating Spain 12-3.5  in a stop-start game on the Supremo field. In a five chukka match that lasted two hours, owing to three falls  on two occasions players went "over the handlebars" on unfamiliar horses going for neck shots - and tack stoppages, Argentina produced another resounding display with their 15 goal team, conceding  0.5 goal on handicap.

The winner of each group progresses to Sunday’s final, and the win  after their opening triumph over USA in the tournament opener - sees the two-time champions continue their command of Group A with only hosts Australia in their way. Spain, led by Pelayo Berazadi Rozpide, started the game in promising fashion and looked to be holding the Argentine ball players in the opening exchanges. A beautiful shot from distance by Rozpide reminded Argentines that Spain were only narrowly beaten by Australia in their first game.

The throw-in count at the final whistle was 14-4 to Argentina, but many of those were not clean wins, perhaps indicating the Argentina player’s ability to win the tight plays. Only captain Berazadi Rozpide possessed the awareness and stick-work to keep the ball away from the swarming Argentines. He later said "they are four great players that play at a very high speed and we could not compete for more than one chukka."

ARGENTINA: Lucio Fernández Ocampo 2 (2 goals), Héctor Guerrero 5, Valentín Novillo Astrada 5 (3), Tomás Panelo 3 (7). Total: 15. 
SPAIN: José Serra 2, Mario Gómez 4, Pelayo Berazadi 5 (2), José Trenor 2. Total: 13.
Score Argentina: (0-1.5) 2-3.5, 5-3.5, 9-3.5, 11-3.5, 12-3.5.
Umpires: Julian Appleby y Fergis Gould.

USA 7-5 Australia

USA beat hosts Australia 7-5 in the second game of the day in Group A at Sydney Polo Club, but it’s the hosts who still have a chance to qualify for the final if they beat Argentina. Despite the loss, Australia will need to beat Argentina by 3.5 goals on Saturday to progress to the final. They will receive a 0.5 goal start in the game as Argentina field a 15 goal team to their combined handicap of 14.

Bray’s team was on track at the midway point of the second chukka. Early goals from USA saw them take a 3-1 lead but Australia bounced back to tie the game at 3-3 after three chukkas and to 4-4 after the fourth. It was Bray who stepped up to break the deadlock between the two teams with a trademark power play and shot from distance in the fourth chukka.  A Felipe Viana penalty gave USA the lead at 6-5 in the final chukka. With a minute remaining USA led by 7-5 after Jimmy Right followed up a Viana surge with a near side neck shot goal.

Australian coach, Englishman James Harper said: "We started off slow, then got control of the game but didn’t quite finish our chances. We made a lot of chances to go up by maybe one or two. We didn’t quite take those. That kept them in the game and they finished strong."

USA: Matías González 2, Jesse Bray 5 (3 goals), Felipe Viana 5 (3), Jimmy Wright 2 (1). Total: 14.
AUSTRALIA: James Lester 3, George Hill 2, Jack Archibald 5 (3), Jake Daniels 4 (2). Total: 14. 
Score Estados Unidos: 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 5-4, 7-5.
Umpires: Julian Appleby and Juan José Díaz Alberdi.

On the other hand, Group B will resume on Wednesday with the following matches:
Chile vs India
New Zealand vs England

Picture Galleries:
Argentina vs España
Estados Unidos vs Australia