16 February 2022: The qualifying matches of the Dubai Open 2022 are well underway, with the second day featuring Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series Polo against Abu Dhabi Polo and Dubai Wolves by CAFU versus AM Polo.
Lucas Monteverde Jr. scored first for UAE Polo with Segundo Amadori settling the first chukker at 1 goal each. Abu Dhabi Polo team took the lead by the end of the second chukker with goals from Jeronimo del Carril but UAE Polo managed a 5-goal advantage in the next two chukkers. The final chukker saw Abu Dhabi make a comeback as Jero and Santiago Cernadas narrowed the gap in scores. However, the lead UAE Polo had was enough to seal the win for the team at 9 goals to 6.
Match Progression: 1 – 1 | 2 – 3 | 5 – 3 | 8 – 3 | 9 – 6
Top scorer: Tommy Beresford, 7 goals
AM Polo showed early dominance in the next match as the first chukker closed at 2 goals to nil. Dubai Wolves by CAFU made up for its slow start with back to back goals during the second. The third chukker was a scuffle for the Wolves to extend their lead and the team successfully carved a 3-goal advantage with its Patron – Habtoor Al Habtoor – picking up a long-range pass from Alfredo Cappella. The team kept the momentum during the penultimate chukker, ending it with a 5-goal lead. Alejandro Muzzio placed AM Polo back on the scoreboard with consecutive goals during the final chukker.
But the commanding lead of the Dubai Wolves by CAFU plus the additional goals it landed earned them their first win in the tournament.
Match Progression: 0 – 2 | 4- 3 | 7 – 4 | 9 – 4 | 12 – 8
Top scorers: Carlos Ulloa, Alfredo Cappella, Alejandro Muzzio, 5 goals
The Dubai Open matches will continue on the 19th of February on Field 1 of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
Habtoor Polo vs. Bangash Dodson & Horrell Polo
Ghantoot Polo vs. Zedan Polo