UAE Polo Team lift Standard Chartered Gold Cup 2020 Trophy

UAE Polo team – led by its patron Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – lifted the Dubai Polo Cup after a 10 goals to 8 victory over AM-UAE Polo.

The final featured the 2019 Dubai Open champion – UAE Polo team up against AM – UAE Polo, a team that made its debut to high-goal polo this season.

AM – UAE Polo enjoyed a strong start that continued through to the end of the second chukker.

The Panelo brothers took the lead for the first time during the third chukker but, Ignacio Acuña scored a last-second goal that settled the game at 5 goals.

The penultimate chukker continued to be a close game with three quick back to back goals that kicked up UAE Polo’s lead. The determining chukker saw UAE Polo team successfully defend its position and secured the win.

Jacinto Crotto was awarded the Most Valuable Player, while the Best Playing Playing Pony was Nobu, played by Tomas Panelo.

Earlier in the day, Habtoor Polo won the Bentley Cup after beating Abu Dhabi Polo 11-7.

Abu Dhabi had taken the lead in the first chukker and levelled out the score at the end of the second.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, the patron of the Habtoor Polo, stole the ball from Alfredo Cappella and took the lead for the team.

The succeeding minutes saw one goal after the other, and both teams were tied close to halftime until Martin Podesta closed the chukker with a lead for Habtoor Polo.

The fourth chukker Facundo Sola created a three-goal advantage for Habtoor Polo.

By mid of the final chukker, Martin Podesta scored the 11th goal to cap off a fine win for Habtoor Polo.

A total of AED 500,000 was awarded by the Dubai Sports Council to the winners of the Bentley Cup and Standard Chartered Gold Cup 2020.

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