Habtoor remained undefeated after claiming a 11-10.5 victory over UAE in the last league game of the Silver Cup at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Both teams had already secured places in the tournament semifinals.
UAE, who received 1,5 goals on handicap, got off to a strong start, overwhelming Habtooor in the first chukka. However, led by Habtoor’s top scorer Facundo Sola, the team was able to close the gap, reaching half time 6,5 – 6 down.
Habtoor took their first lead at the end of the fourth (8 – 7,5) following two goals by Felix Esain. Despite Tommy Beresford’s levelling the score thanks to a 60-yard penalty conversion, Sola scored a fantastic neckshot goal to widen their advantage.
UAE, far from giving up, fought back in the last chukka, but Habtoor were able to hold them up. UAE re-took the lead (10,5 – 10) thanks to a goal by Beresford, but Sola scored again with only seconds to go to seal the Habtoor’s 11 – 10, 5 victory.
The semifinal will be determined on Saturday, February 1, after the following matches:
2pm: Zedan vs. AM/UAE
4pm: Ghantoot vs. Dubai Wolves
ALL SILVER CUP MATCHES ARE STREAMED LIVE ON PoloLine TV.
HABTOOR 11 vs. UAE 10,5
HABTOOR: Facundo Sola 9 (7 goals, 2 penalties), Min Podestá 7 (2), Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Felix Esain 2 (2).
UAE: Tommy Beresford 6 (3, 1 penalty), Sheikha Maitha 0, Tomás Panelo 6 (4, 2 penales), Benjamin Panelo 4 (2).
Score Habtoor (UAE 1,5): 1-4.5, 3-5.5, 6-6.5, 8-7.5, 11-10.5.
2020 DUBAI GOLD CUP SERIES CALENDAR:
SILVER CUP (18 goal): Jan 24 – Feb 07.
POLO MASTERS CUP (10 goal): Feb 10-12.
GOLD CUP: (18 goal): Feb 15 – Mar 06.
DUBAI CHALLENGE CUP (10 goal): Mar 14-21.
DUBAI CUP (8 Goal): Apr 01-10.