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Argentina holds fancied Spain to 1-1 draw

Displaying great grit Argentina frustrated highly fancied Spain as they held them to a 1-1 draw to throw the group 'A' wide open.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 02:26 IST

Displaying great grit and determination Argentina frustrated highly fancied Spain as they held them to a 1-1 draw to throw the group 'A' wide open in the hockey World Cup at Monchengladbach.

Spain, who had beaten Olympic champion Australia in the opener yesterday, survived several anxious moments before managing to finish the day with a point.

The Pan American champions who had lost 0-3 to New Zealand in their first match were expected to be easy opponents for the European champion but all the calculation went haywire as Spain just could not get more than one goal which their rivals managed to equalize.

The two goals in the match came in the second half of the game. Spain took the lead in the 40th minute through Eduard Tubau who captalised on a defence lapse to send the ball home but the Latin Americans fought back and drew parity in the 49th minute through Matias Cammareri, who latched on to a pass from Matias Vila to send the ball in the cave (1-1) leaving the Spaniards bemused and surprised.

Though Spain dominated the proceedings and forced as many as five penalty corners but they could not convert any of them. The Euorpean champions also missed some good chances.

However, they were also lucky as Argentina could not captalise on the chances that came their way.

Argentina played a robust game and matched Spain in every department of the game on equal terms. In fact, the Latin Americans had couple of good chances in both sessions of the game but they missed them either hitting wide or failing to deflect home.

Spain, on the other hand, did every thing but could not prevent their rivals from snatch points from them.

Spain now have four points from two outings while Argentina have one from two ties.