Team RIVA and Team BANQUE ERIC STURDZA will face each other tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the 22nd final of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad. During their first game against each other on Thursday, BANQUE ERIC STURDZA came out victorious against RIVA but the game and the score were so tight that the final on Sunday promises to be exciting.
In the first semi-final BANQUE ERIC STURDZA defeated HUBLOT in a game that turned out to be quite…vigorous. The Menendez brothers were not willing to let go easily and the contacts were often rough. But the unshakable players from Team STURDZA took charge right from the beginning thanks to two goals by Brazilian Joao Novaes and one by Argentine Marcos Riglos. With 3-0 after the first chukker, the game became a race for Team HUBLOT who managed to come close to the score a few times though never really worrying their opponents: 11-6 was the final score. Marcos Riglos confirmed his talent as score keeper making 5 goals for his team. With 10 goals since Thursday, he is the best scorer of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup so far.
In the second game, newcomers RIVA were not necessarily the front-runners as they faced Team GSTAAD PALACE who dominated HUBLOT on the first day of the tournament (13-6). Although at the beginning the teams were tied (3-3 after the first two chukkers), RIVA took off after its captain, Egyptian Mohamed El Sewedy, scored a goal followed by another one from his Argentine pillar Marcelo Pascual. The team managed to keep this gap of two goals until the very end.
After last night’s storm, the day turned out to be beautiful as the sun unexpectedly came out inviting 4000 people to come to the semi-finals. Tomorrow will be another great day with the “small” final for the third place at 1.30 p.m. and the “big” final for the trophy at 3 p.m.