|December 1st, 2012|
|18||Placement||11:00am||POL - CAN||2 - 4 (2 - 2)||Final||x 3|
Poland defeated by Canada fight-back
Goals from Sukhwinder Singh, Matt Guest, Scott Tupper and Keegan Pereira helped Canada fight back from two goals down to defeat Poland 4-2 in the second match of the day here in Quilmes. The result means that Canada have sealed a place in Sunday’s 5-6 place play-off, where they will face Japan, who were victors against South Africa earlier in the day. Poland will play South Africa in the 7-8 Classification match.
Very much like their match against Argentina on Thursday, Canada were sluggish starters in this encounter and soon found themselves 2-0 down. Poland striker Matias Hulboj hit a quick-fire double between the 10th and 12th minutes, with team captain Dariusz Rachwalski having a hand in both goals. Eventually Canada settled and began to look dangerous going forward before pulling a goal back through Sukhwinder Singh, who tapped in from close range following some nice build-up play in the 22nd minute. Canada’s equaliser arrived six minutes later minutes later when a smart cross from the right was expertly converted by the diving Matt Guest.
The north Americans soaked up a great deal of Polish pressure in the early stages of the second half, and could easily have fallen behind once again when the dangerous Hulboj fired over the crossbar with an instinctive effort. As in the first period, Canada grew in confidence as the half progressed. Jagdesh Gill went close to scoring with a fierce strike from the right before Scott Tupper moved his team into a 3-2 lead thanks to a penalty corner rocket 12 minutes from the end. It was a goal which seemed to the break the spirit of the Poles, and it was not long before Canada hit a fourth goal thanks to Keegan Pereira’s 62nd minute field goal which completed the scoring.
Anthony Farry (CAN Coach)
“I think that they guys deserve all the credit for this victory. Coming back from 2-0 down is always a tough thing, especially in matches like this. Poland put us under a lot of pressure and are a very tough team, so I’m really proud of the guys today.”
Scott Tupper (CAN Captain)
“Obviously in any match you don’t want to fall behind, so it was a bit disappointing early, but I think this was a hugely rewarding result for the team, as we showed that we are capable of coming back from a deficit, and scoring four goals was really nice. Once we got the two goal lead in the second half we had the professionalism to get the result. It was really nice to see.”
Karol Sniekek (POL Coach)
“We made few mistakes. If you can’t score in the field, you must score in penalty corners. But today our penalty corners didn’t work. We had three penalty corners and missed them. If we score like they did in the second half, you gain the the lead and then it is a completely different match. However, when you are losing you can’t play to your tactics. We played better than the first game against Canada, but with no fortune. We have to learn a lot from this tournament.”
Dariusz Rachwalski (POL Captain)
“It’s always hard to lose a game. Today we created a lot of chances. Unfortunately our penalties corners in the game were not good, because we had two or three today and we didn’t make the most of them.
“We were winning in the first half and at that time, we couldn’t control the game. I think that the top teams can control the game very well, and using the counter attack they can score more goals, just like Ireland did against us on Thursday. We made stupid mistakes, so that is why we lost today.”