Trinidad and Tobago’s stickmen battled to a 1-1 draw with host nation Brazil on the first day of the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janiero.
The eventual result was a fair reflection of the game as both teams were evenly matched resulting in a cagey affair initially that was marred by some physical challenges. This resulted in two cards in the early exchanges, a green for Brazil in the 9th minute and a yellow for T&T in the 15th. However, at the end of the second quarter Brazil turned the match on its head with the opening goal to break the deadlock. The Brazilians, who emerged winners at the last Pan American Challenge championship in Peru, found the back of the next through a short corner corner goal by Matheus Borges.
This opened up the game and T&T equalised after 35 minutes through Marcus James. James caught an aerial ball and managed to elude two brazilian defenders to score on the far post leaving the game tied. The temperature of the game began to rise once again when the scores were tied and the referee was forced to hand out further yellow cards to Brazilians Fabian Rickenbach and Paulo Batista. The final ten minutes were filled with attacks and counter attacks for both teams in a, but neither could find the winner.
The tournament continues today with T&T facing a Chile team who beat Mexico 6-1 in their opening game.