The first game in this 2012 competition saw a close affair between the CNN and Julius Baer teams. CNN held the edge throughout the match, but their advantage was only ever one or two goals and some great play from Julius Baer, especially from the stick of Pancho Marin Moreno, kept them in contention until the final whistle, by which time the scoreboard read 7-5 to CNN.
In the second match the title sponsor’s team in the seventh Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge began their campaign with an impressive victory over the title holders and hosts of the competition, Desert Palm. They defeated the home side 9-6 in a thrilling four-chukka match that resembled the faster-paced high-goal game. The impressive partnership of Juan Jose Brane and Francisco Elizalde kept the red shirts of Cartier ahead throughout the match. This was despite some impressive defensive play from Alfredo Capella and Martin Valent.
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