Did you notice the set play on the penalty corner by Argentina in the gold medal match?

During the first period of the gold medal match between Argentina and Belgium, the Argentine team was able to score the equaliser goal by a perfectly played penalty corner. It was clearly a set play that confused the Belgian defenders and allowed the scorer, Ibarra, to shoot with no pressure.

By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the owner of A Hockey World. Contact: pablo@ahockeyworld.net


If you pay attention at the setup of the offensive team, Peillat was standing on the left battery while Ibarra was on the right side. Just before inserting the ball they switched place. Belgium sent out two flyers that went straight on Peillat, the number one drag flicker for Argentina, leaving Ibarra alone on the left side.

When Peillat got the ball, he pretended to drag flick straight at goal but he left the ball behind his body and made a reverse pass to Ibarra who was waiting for that pass:

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Peillat sending the reverse pass to Ibarra.

As you can see this set of pictures, both Belgian runners went straight on Peillat which allowed Ibarra to surprise the rest of the players that were focus on the first drag flicker.

 


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