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Mon 7th Dec 2020

Argentine Open Continues Today

Adolfo Cambiaso makes history

Yesterday, Sunday 6 December, action in Palermo resumed with two more matches for the 127th HSBC Argentine Open. 
The first match of the day was between La Dolfina Saudi and La Irenita II. With La Irenita II the younger and less experienced team, it was little surprise to see La Dolfina Saudi dominate the match and by half-time they held a comfortable 10-5 lead. The third chukka saw Adolfo Cambiaso make history scoring his 1000th goal in The Argentine Open, with his first goal being scored in 1992 for Ellerstina. La Irenita II managed to score themselves some great goals and although there was not much they could do in the face of the indomitable foursome they continued to play on, unabashed. At the end of the match La Dolfina Saudi rode off with an impressive 24-9 win, with it earning their place in Saturday’s Semi Finals. 
The second match of the day between RS Murus Sanctus and La Natividad Las Monjitas was a much more balanced affair and as such was hotly anticipated to be a thrilling display of high goal polo. RS Murus Sanctus got off to a strong start with two goals, but 17-year-old Jeta Castagnola, who was later named Most Valuable Player, promptly found the flags twice before the end of the first chukka to tie the scores at 2-2. As spectators tuned in from across the globe, the two teams put on an exceptional display of polo with each side matching their opponents goal for goal, the fourth chukka was especially thrilling which resulted in the scores once again being tied, 7-7. However, in the sixth chukka La Natividad Las Monjitas took flight and widened the difference to 10-7 with accurate offence and defence. Top goal scorer of the match, Jeta Castagnola, scored a goal within the opening minutes of the final chukka, and while Facundo Sola and Sapo Caset scored two goals apiece, it wasn’t enough and La Natividad Las Monjitas claimed a 12-11 win and with it their place in the Semi Finals. 
The action continues today with Ellerstina vs Cría GT and La Dolfina Polo Ranch vs La Ensenada/La Aguada. 
Photograph: La Natividad Las Monjitas secured a 12-11 win against RS Murus Sanctus. By Matias Callejo/Prensa AAP

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