Players of UAE Polo and Bin Drai Polo in action during their Dubai Challenge Cup 2021 match.
The third day of the Dubai Challenge Cup ended with double victories for Battistoni Polo and UAE Polo teams.
The first match of the afternoon featured Battistoni and Baylandi Polo teams. Tomy Iriarte scored the first 2 goals which gave Battistoni Polo a head start in the game. The team increased their lead by the end of the by half time with the consecutive goals delivered by Tomy. The significant goal lead that Battistoni Polo had created was enough to secure the win at 7 goals to 3.
The second half of the afternoon had spectators at the edge of their seats as UAE Polo and Bin Drai Polo teams brought their A-game on the field. Jacinto Crotto grabbed the initial lead for the UAE Polo team and was backed by a penalty shot from the team's patron — Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Quick to catch up was Rashid Bin Drai scoring 2 goals for the team that levelled the game by halftime.
Defending the UAE Polo team's initial lead, Raja Abuljebain scored a last-second goal by the end of the penultimate chukker. The fourth chukker had the UAE Polo team seem like it was close to victory however, Bin Drai Polo team's patron - Khalid Bin Drai nicked a goal at the very last second that resulted in a fifth chukker. Both teams raced to score the golden goal and it was Jacinto Crotto taking home the win for UAE Polo at 7 goals to 6.
Sheikha Maitha, patron of UAE Polo, in action against Bin Drai Polo during their Dubai Challenge Cup 2021 match at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
The second half of the afternoon featured a game between Battistoni Polo and AM Polo teams. The game was neck and neck from start to finish. Benjamin Panelo scored the first goal of the match but was quickly matched by Alessandro Barnaba, patron of the Battistoni Polo team.
Both teams struggled to score a goal during the first chukker and it was Facundo Sola who delivered the opening goal for Habtoor Polo team.
UAE Polo started strong from the first chukker and had AM Polo attempt to reduce the gap in scores through the remaining chukkers. Notable goal contributions from Lucas Monterverde Jr. who scored a total of 7 goals.
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