The first semifinal of the Open de France, that’s currently underway at the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly, located in Apremont, France, had taken place on Thursday September 15, and the contenders were title holders, La Magdeleine and the recent runner up of the last Coupe d’Or in Deauville, Talandracas. The competition sees sixteen teams up to 16 goals, in participation.
Alexandre Garese’s lineup got off to a better start, retaining slight advantages under the command of the foursome’s two top, Tito Ruiz Guiñazu and Facundo Fernández Llorente, who produced three goals each. But everything would change from the fourth chukka onwards, when Edouard Carmignac and Co. took the lead, until everything was said and done in the last chukka, thanks to Juan Martin Zubia’s oustanding performance, who produced a total of six goals. Talandracas not only claimed the 9-6 win but also the first ticket to the championship match.
The final of the Open de France is set to be played on Sunday, September 18.
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Open de France Semifinal # 1, Thursday September 15
TALANDRACAS 9-6 LA MAGDELEINE
TALANDRACAS: Hugues Carmignac 1, Rufino Bensadon 7 (3 goals), Juan Martín Zubía 8 (6), Edouard Carmignac 0. Total: 16.
LA MAGDELEINE: Alexandre Garese 0, Santiago Tahier 1, Tito Ruiz Guiñazu 7 (3 goals), Facundo Fernández Llorente 8 (3). Total: 16.
Score Talandracas: 1-2, 2-4, 4-5, 7-6, 9-6.
Umpires: Gaston Lucero & Jason Dixon. Third man: Henry Fischer.
The Open de France will resume on Friday September 16, with the second semifinal between Brittany Polo Club and Los Dragones, due at 3pm.