After a close last quarter loss against Germany in their opening game, the Indian men’s hockey team were handed a 4-2 defeat by Argentina in their second match of the FIH Hockey Champions Trophy. The South American side who have been billed as a “surprise package”, played attacking hockey throughout the game. Some sloppy defending by the Indian defenders also paved the way for many of the Argentine counter-attacks. Goals from Akashdeep Singh and Gurjinder Singh were overshadowed by the visiting goalscorers Lucas Vila, Juan Lopez, Agustin Mazzilli and Joaquin Menini.
Strong Start By The Indians But Argentina Steal The Show:
The first quarter saw a couple of chances being created on both the ends but none of them could capitalize on the opportunities. India got their first goal of the match in the 29th minute through Akashdeep Singh whose deflection from Danish Mujtaba’s shot found the goal. The visitors equalized in the very next minute through Lucas Vila.
More chances were created in the third quarter and it was Gurjinder Singh who won back the lead for India as he scored from a penalty corner in the 37th minute. Argentina were no easy opponents as they equalized once again, this time through Juan Lopez. There on, the visitors controlled the game as they managed to score two more goals to seal the match.
Results Of Other Matches:
Belgium Hold Australia 4-4: Belgium pulled out a thrilling last minute draw as Tom Boon scored off the very last play of the match. In an engrossing encounter between the two nations, Chris Cirello, Eddie Ockenden, Jake Whetton and Sebastain Dockier were some goalscorers. The day opened with a very interesting match as the world #1 got to witness some serious resistance from the opposition.
England Thrash Pakistan 8-2: A brilliant piece of attacking hockey in the first two quarters saw the Englishmen beat their Asian opponents 8-2 in what looked like a one-sided battle. The win also saw England occupy the top spot in the group A table. Mark Gleghorne, Nick Catlin and David Condon opened scoring and set the foundation for a big win.
World #2 Netherlands Outplay Germany 4-1: It was a display of sheer speed and co-ordination as the Dutchmen defeated the Germans 4-1 to extend their lead at the top of Pool B. Constantin Jonker, Robert Kemperman and skipper Robert van set Horst were some of the best players on field as they were involved in either goals or assists.
Road Ahead For Team India:
After two consecutive losses for the hosts, it is certain that they will finish either 3rd or 4th in the pool stages which means, they will play the 1st or 2nd placed team in the quarterfinals. India will play in-form Netherlands on Monday in their final group stage game of the Hockey Champions Trophy.