|Venue: State Hockey Centre
Event Review Location: Venue Press Centre
THU 21 SEP 2000 16:07
SYDNEY- Three green cards in the first five minutes set the tone
for a tense match between spain and Australia ending in a 2-2 draw
in Sydney 2000 Olympic men’s hockey at the State Hockey Centre
Both teams, all out to win, closely marked their opponents, leaving
little space to move. But Stephen DAVIES managed to score from a
penetrating Brent LIVERMORE pass to put the Australians ahead in
the eighth minute.
Spain quickly returned the fire four minutes later when Pablo POLAMAT
converted a penalty corner, but Australia dominated the rest of
the first half.
Forty seconds after the resumption, Xavi ARNAU put the Spaniards
ahead with a blistering field goal. The Australians maintained their
composure to equalise in the 40th minute through Adam COMMENS.
From then on Spain fought hard to score, but goalie Damon DILETTIE
held his fort with some magnificent saves.
The draw was a setback for Spain’s medal campaign while Australia
is now equal top with some magnificent saves.
Spain next meets India and Australia plays Argentina on Saturday.