Catalonia Sports General Secretary, Ivan Tibau, has received this afternoon the catalonia national roller hockey team, recently proclaimed 2011 Copa AmŔrica champions for the first time.
Catalan players have arrived to the Barcelona-El Prat airport from Sao Paulo (Brazil) and have been received by the first national sports authority. Tibau has been accompained by the President of Catalan Roller Sports Federation, Ramon Basiana, and both have congratulated the team.
Catalonia are the champions of 2011 Copa America after beating Chile2-0 in the final.
The Catalan players certify with this victory their better performace throughout the championship and win the title for the first time after the second places in 2010 in Catalonia and in 2007 in Chile.
The Catalan has needed to fight till the end with the chilean, that never surrendered, to get this precious and desired title with the Catalan national team.
It should be noted the great performance by all Catalan players and goalkeepers, as well as the work of the coach -Josep Maria BarberÓ- throughout the competition, and all people that have been with the team. The top scorer of the competition is Cristina Barcelˇ, with 10 goals
Goals: 1-0 Anna Casarramona; 2-0 Berta Tarrida.
BRAZIL GET THE BRONZE MEDAL
The Brazilian have beaten 5-2 theUruguayan in the 3rd place-match, in a game where the Brazilian showed their better skills and the Uruguayans have shown that they are improving quickly their hockey. Brazil matches the third place reached in 2007 in Chile, and Uruguay place themselves over Southafrica, as they did in 2010 in Catalonia.
COPA AMERICA TEAM BEAT SOUTHAFRICA
The Copa AmÚrica team with players from the other teams has beaten Southafrica8 a 0.
Catalonia comes back to a continental final after beating Uruguay in semifinals 12 - 0.
Catalonia has started the game playing to win but have found a locked box in the field of Uruguayan players, high temperatures in the sportshall and that the ball does not flow fast enough, what has made not easy to score and to find the normal pace of play of the Catalan. It was the fourth minute of play, with the first goal by Anna Romero, when Catalonia has started to advance to the semi-finals, reaching the half with a score of 3-0.
In the second half, Catalan players have extended the lead with speed and force, reaching the end of the match scoring a large number of goals, and where all players were able to show their skills.
Particularly noteworthy is the work of the coach, Josep Maria BarberÓ, which again has placed Catalonia to the final of the Copa America.
With Catalonia played: Viki Rodriguez (p), Cristina Barcelˇ (3), Maria DÝez (2), Anna Romero (1), Berta Tarrida (1) -cinc inicial- Anna Casarramona (1), Marta Montpart (1), Ester Nadal (1), Maria Majˇ (2) and Caterina Ortega.
This Saturday at 19:30 Catalonia will face Chile to win the title, in what will be a repeat of the 2007 final. In the first stage of competition the match between these two teams was very even, ending with a narrow Catalan win by 3 to 2.
CHILE BEAT BRAZIL AND WILL BE IN THE FINAL
Chile has won Brazil by 2-1 and will play the final. The second semifinal has been really balanced between two teams that know each other very well, hours later they had already tied the last game of the initial phase. The game started with good plays by both teams and great performances by the goalkeepers, including penalties, maintaining a control strategy over the game that has led to the half time with a 0-0 draw. It was in the second half as both teams definitely have launched the attack, getting the Chilean advance in the scoring with two goals in quick succession of Francisca Donoso and Macarena Ramos. Minutes later, Erica Bueno has reduced distances, turning emotion to the game until the end, though Braxil have not been able to win.