Oct 14, 2011
India go down fighting to Italy 12-13 in a close game on day 5 of the
FIP Polo World Cup 2011 being played in San Luis, Argentina.
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Italy earned their second victory by a narrow defeat over India
13-12. The Italian team was down on the scoreboard for half the
game. Only after the 4th chukker did they start consolidation
Team India started the game with one goal on handicap, but the
Italian tied the game and then moved ahead in the first chukker
to lead 3-2. In the very beginning of the second chukker India
surprised with two big plays on offense showing aggressive play
with an eye always on the rival goal and was thus that Vishal
Chauhan scored two goals in a row to go ahead by 4-3.
Cutinelli Goffredo Italy's number one player suffered a fall
from his horse in the second chukker luckily the player did not
suffer any injury. Italy showed a lack of coordination and that
was exploited by the Indian players by scoring one more goal and
shortly took control of the game 5-3.
At the beginning of the third chukka was an ugly situation when
an Indian player fell off his horse and hit his body hard, after
being instantly assisted by the medical service could continue
with the game. As the match was held up, Italy players talked
among themselves, to try to regain focus. Italy scored three
consecutive goals to go on to snatch the lead 7-5 in the final
for the first time, in the third quarter performance of
Francisco Elizaldewas highlighted.
India scored three goals and took the lead 9-7 after Samir
penalty. The fourth chukker was closed with the score in favour
of India 10-9.
In the last two chukkas the the game changed completely, Italy
was able to accommodate their ideas and thus took control of the
action of the match and managed to take the lead on the
scoreboard in the sixth chukker for what would be the final
score 13 - 12, In the Italian comeback, Juan Jauretche took a
India was leading by 2 goals at then end of the 2nd chukker and
by 1 goal at the end of the 4th chukker. They were held
goal less in the 5th chukker.
Italy: Goffredo Cutinelli 3, Juan Jauretche 4 (3 goals),
Francisco Elizalde 5 (9 goals), Manuel Elizalde 2 (1 goals): 13
India: Ravi Rathore 3 (1 goal), Vishal Chauhan 2 (3 goals),
Samir Suhag 5 (6 goals), Tarun Sirohi (1 goal): 11+1 on
Chukker by Chukker, Italy: (0-1) 3-2, 3-5, 7-6, 9-10, 12-10 and