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India's sequence of defeats continue

India's exasperating sequence of defeats continued in familiar fashion as they again conceded late goals to go down 2-3 to Argentina.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 19:01 IST

India's exasperating sequence of defeats continued in familiar fashion as they again conceded late goals to go down 2-3 to Argentina in a 9-12 positions classification match in the hockey World Cup on Saturday.

India now run the risk of finishing with a wooden spoon for the second time in the history of the tournament as they meet South Africa in the 11-12 positions play-off match on Sunday.

Coach Vasudevan Baskaran's men, who had the game under control in the first half to go 1-0 up at the lemon break, failed miserably in the second half to surrender meekly to their South American rivals.

After gaining an early lead through a Arjun Halappa (4th) goal, the Indians messed it up to allow the Argentines to come back into the match.

Matias Vila (40th, 61st) and Matias Paredes (51st) converted penalty corners to wreak havoc for India, which could not be prevented by Rajpal Singh's (55th) successful attempt.

The only time the Indians had finished at the bottom of the table was in 1986 under Mohammed Shahid's captaincy.