By Gonzalo Etcheverry
The last qualifying matches of the Julius Baer Gold Cup were held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Zedan became the fourth team to qualify for the semifinals, after defeating Bangash 8 goals to 7.
Patron Amr Zedan’s team had to fight hard in what was a very even match in order to join Abu Dhabi, Bin Drai Polo and Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo in the next semifinals.
In today’s match, ten-goal superstar Pablo Mac Donough was vital in leading Zedan to victory, scoring 6 of his team's 8 goals.
Match progression:Zedan: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-3/ 5-4/ 8-7.
Top Scorer Zedan: Pablo Mac Donough, 6.
Top Scorer Bangash: Horacio Fernández Llorente, 4.
In the first match of the day, Mahra defeated Abu Dhabi 11-7 in a full speed polo game. Mahra needed to win the match and wait for Bangash to defeat their opponents in order to make it to the semifinals. They did their part, but Zedan's victory left them out of the tournament.
Mahra will play the Bentley Cup Semifinals against Desert Palm on Monday. Jerónimo Del Carril (Mahra) was the top scorer of the match, with 5 goals, and Alfredo Cappella the top scorer in Abu Dhabi, with 4 goals.
Match progression:Mahra: 0-2/ 4-3/ 8-3/ 10-5/ 11-7.
Top Scorer Mahra: Jerónimo Del Carril, 5.
Top Scorer Abu Dhabi: Alfredo Cappella, 4.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue on Monday, March 6, at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Bentley Cup Semifinals:
2pm: Mahra Polo vs Desert Palm
Followed by: UAE Polo vs Wolves.
The semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup will be held on Tuesday, March 7:
2pm: Bin Drai vs Zedan
Followed by: Abu Dhabi vs Julius Baer Team.
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