02 February 2021, Dubai, UAE: The IFZA Silver Cup 2021 semifinals concluded with a win for Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo teams on the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
Dubai Wolves by CAFU had a strong start with Alejandro Muzzio scoring the first goal against Habtoor Polo and ended the first two chukkers with a one-goal lead. The Wolves increased their lead to three with goals from Muzzio and Kian Hall during the third chukker. Habtoor Polo‘s 9-goaler, Facundo Sola, narrowed this gap by scoring three goals combined with the team‘s strong defense.
With two minutes left on the clock, Facu managed to even the scores and finally, he sealed Habtoor Polo‘s spot at the final with a goal and ended the game with 9 goals to 8.
Match Progression: 1 – 2 | 3 – 4 | 4 – 7 | 7 – 8 | 9 – 8
Top Scorer: Facundo Sola, 8 goals
The second match of the afternoon opened with a goal from Benjamin Panelo for Bangash Polo team followed by a series of penalties awarded that led to UAE Polo grab the initial lead in the game. UAE Polo kept its 1.5 half goal lead until the end of the third chukker with the majority of the goals coming from Guillermo Willington but with Benja delivering goals that kept the scores close.
The last two chukkers determined the win for UAE Polo as Tomas Panelo and Lucas Monteverde Jr. scored a total of six goals closing the game with a 6.5 goal advantage.
Match Progression: 3.5 – 2 | 4.5 – 3| 6.5 – 5 | 9.5 – 6 | 12 – 6.5
Top Scorer: Benjamin Panelo, 5 goals
The IFZA Silver Cup 2021 final is scheduled on the 5th of February, Field 1. Catch the action live or watch it online on Pololine TV’s livestream:
Hildon Cup Subsidiary Final: Zedan Polo vs. IFZA – Mahra Polo
IFZA Silver Cup 2021 Final: Habtoor Polo vs. UAE Polo
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