|23 July 2015|
|17||5-8||9:00am||MEX - CUB||3 - 1||Official||x 2|
The first mens 5-8 crossover was between Mexico and Cuba. Cuba played the match with ten players including keeper Leordan Hernandez. For the first six minutes of the first quarter Mexico held most of the possession, but Cuba’s defense prevented Mexico from getting a shot off and from penetrating their attacking circle. Cuba then had a run on attack, but Yendry Delgado could not get a shot off. Mexico regained possession, but Miguel Othon and Irvin Chavez still had trouble getting a shot off for Mexico. In the 12th minute, Cuba had another run on attack and Delgado had a shot opportunity go just wide of the goal cage. With Cuba continuing to play could defense to hold off the Mexico attack the match remained scoreless at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with Cuba fast on attack and earning the first penalty corner of the match in the 17th minute. Cuba failed to execute the penalty corner play. Mexico’s Bruno Peraza and Pol Moreno kept trying to attack for Mexico, but Cuba continued to play strong defense led by Captain Roger Aguilera. Mexico’s Daniel Castillo was given a green card in the 21st minute and Cuba tried to take advantage. Cuba’s Mikel Tritzant had the ball in Cuba’s attacking circle, but just missed connecting with Yasmanny Gutierrez and Mexico regained possession. In the 27th minute, Cuba’s Marcos Martinez had a breakaway on attack that resulted in another penalty corner for Cuba. Blanco’s shot for Cuba, however, was too high and thus, the match remained scoreless. In the 29th minute, Mexico earned their first penalty corner of the match. Campillo converted the penalty corner to give Mexico the lead over Cuba. In the final minute, Mexico held off Cuba’s attack to preserve the score at halftime, Mexico 1, Cuba 0.
To start the third quarter Mexico went fast on attack and Campillo found Guillermo Pedraza for the quick score past Hernandez to make the score Mexico 2, Cuba 0 in the 32nd minute. Cuba immediately went back on attack and earned two penalty corners. Cuba could not get the shot off on the first and on the second Blanco’s shot was saved by Mexico’s keeper Moises Vargas. In the 38th minute, Cuba earned another penalty corner, but Blanco’s shot went high of the goal cage. Cuba continued to pressure on attack. In the 43rd minute, Cuba’s Martinez found Gutierrez who shot the ball past Hernandez to make the score Mexico 2, Cuba 1. Cuba earned two more penalty corners in the 45th minute, but the shot on the second corner went wide. Thus, Mexico kept its one goal lead over Cuba to end the third quarter.
After five minutes of play in Cuba’s attacking half, Mexico took advantage of its first scoring opportunity in its attacking circle as Ricardo Garcia pushed the ball hard past Hernandez to give his team a two goal lead in the 50th minute. Cuba rushed back on attack and earned another penalty corner in the 52nd minute. Blanco’s hard penalty corner hit was saved by Mexico’s keeper Vargas. Cuba continued to pressure on attack and earned another penalty corner in the 58th minute, but Mexico broke up the play. Cuba regained possession and Aguilera’s shot just missed the inside of the goal from the far post. With either team unable to get another shot off in the final minute, the final score remained Mexico 3, Cuba 1. With the win, Mexico will play for fifth place on 25 July.
|Mexico||21||17||CASTILLO Daniel||Green Card|
|Mexico||38||8||GARCIA Ricardo||Green Card|