ADCB v Emirates Showdown in Final of Emirates Open Championship
Emirates Progress at Ghantoot’s Expense Thanks to Golden Goal
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club January 18, 2012:
Emirates Polo Team earned the second spot in the final of the Emirates Open Polo Championship tonight (Wednesday) thanks to a golden goal from Gonzalo Azumendi in extra time.
Emirates will now face ADCB in the final on January 20, while last year’s champions, Ghantoot, will have to hope for better when they compete in next month’s HH President’s Polo Cup at the Abu Dhabi club.
Ghantoot ended two of the four chukkers in the lead but could not consolidate their advantage.
The hosts took the early lead in tonight’s clash with both Nasser Al Dhaheri and Ramiro Cordero scoring. Emirates went into the second chukker trialing by a goal after Azumendi was the side’s sole scorer in the opening period. Azumendi equalised in the second period and the two sides went into the third chukker all square.
Al Dhaheri, Bruno Tassara and Cordero all scored for Ghantoot in the third chukker while Oscar Colombres, and Azumendi also scored for the opposition, bringing the scores to 5-4 to Ghantoot.
In the final chukker Cordero scored twice, Colombres matched him and Azumendi claimed one to leave the score at 7-7 at the final claxon. In extra time Azumendi scored his fifth and final goal of the night to seal victory and a place in the final for Emirates.
“Every match in this tournament has been very close,” said Azumendi afterwards. “The difference between winning and losing has been just one or two goals all the way through and tonight was another example of how closely-fought all our matches have been.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the final of the Emirates Open Polo Championship will take place on January 20.
All matches are open to the public and free to attend.