Day 11 Semi-Final Olympic Preview - GB v Argentina

Olympics 2012 GB women lining up against NED 450

Great Britain women have qualified for their first semi-final in 16 years, having finished in second position in Pool A. Their opponents, Argentina, who are ranked second in the world, finished top of Pool B.

Fixture: Great Britain v Argentina
Date and time: 8th August - 20.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on the BBC: BBC 3

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World rankings
Great Britain #4
Argentina #2

Head to head
Played: 26
Won: 8
Drawn: 5
Lost: 13
Goals for: 38
Goals against: 42  

Great Britian women first faced Argentina in an Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 where they won 1 - 0. At the last Games in Beijing 2008, Sarah Thomas scored in what was a close encounter which finished 2 goals a piece. In the Champions Trophy in January 2012, Great Britain lost out in the gold medal match 1 - 0. However, at the Olympic Test event in May 2012, GB came out victorius winning both the preliminary game and the final 2 - 0.    


Argentinian one to watch:L Aymar

Luciana Aymar
Aymar is a permanent threat for the opposition - she scores goals, passes the ball with ease and just generally dictates the play. Unsuprisingly, she has won FIH Player of the Year an outstanding seven times. Her influence on the Argentinean team is irrefutable, however, if she has a poor game, the whole team is often effected.   
 


 


GB women's midfield maestro Helen Richardson explains why it is so important that GB try and stop Aymar from dominating the field:

“She’s incredibly important to Argentina,” says Helen, who is competing in her third Olympic Games. “If she’s playing well they tend to play well. We’ll have a big role to play on her. If we do stop her then it does make our life a littleHelen Richardson celebrates Great Britains first goal against Korea at London 2012 Olympic Games bit easier however they’re not just a one man team, they’ve got talent throughout the ranks. We’ll have to play very well to beat them; it’s the semi final of the Olympic Games! We will have to play well, we’ll have to play better than we did against the Netherlands but we’ve definitely got the game plan to do it, we’ve got the players to do it and having the backing of the crowd will be amazing. The time is now for the team to take stock and take a big deep breath."


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