Rio Olympics 2016: India vs Argentina Hockey, India register 2-1 win in Group B match


India outplayed Argentina in the first three quarters but were tested in the fourth quarter before they registered a 2-1 win in the hockey Group B Rio 2016 Olympics contest. India went into the match against Argentina low on confidence. Twenty four hours earlier they had conceded three points in a match where they matched the mighty German unit. With just 0.31 seconds to go for the final hooter, Germany found the back of the net and sealed the contest, which was locked at 1-1 at half time.

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With the last match well behind them, India started fresh and had a spring in their stride, right from the first quarter. The PR Sreejesh-led unit did well in the first quarter and converted the second penalty corner which came their way. Chinglensana pounced on the opportunity and his powerful strike found the back of the net. Prior to the goal, India made little moves but ensured to keep bulk of the possession and not allow Argentina to make a move.

India’s defence deserves a lot of praise as they not only kept the danger way but ensured not to concede a penalty corner for the first three quarters. India came strong in the second quarter, continued to press and defended like they did in the first quarter – in numbers. Argentina did get a move their way in the second quarter, there was plenty of activity in the scoring circle but Sreejesh, as always, was cool as a cucumber to deflect the danger away. India went into halft-time with a 1-0 lead.

The Indian unit doubled their advantage in the third quarter when Kothajit found a loose ball and drilled it in to give India their first field goal of the competition. Half-way after the fourth quarter, Argentina, it seemed, woke up from sleep, as they charged ahead in search of their first goal. The charge continued and they won their first penalty corner of the match. The PC was converted and they were on the board after playing catch-up for three quarters. Gonzalo, waiting for the delivery at the line, fired one in and the low strike beat Sreejesh fair and square.

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