Dutch beat Argentina for fifth Champions Trophy win
The Netherlands beat Argentina 1-0 on an early goal by Maartje Paumen to win the women's field hockey Champions Trophy.Updated: Jan 22, 2007 18:36 IST
The Netherlands beat Argentina 1-0 on an early goal by Maartje Paumen to win the women's field hockey Champions Trophy at Quilmes for the fifth time.
The Dutch forced two penalty corners in the second minute and Paumen, who scored twice in their World Cup final victory last October, slammed in the second one. The Netherlands' steely defense then made it hard work for Argentina just to cross into Dutch territory.
In the bronze-medal match, Olympic champion Germany downed Australia 2-0, and Rika Komozawa's second-half goals led Japan past Spain 2-0 for the second time in two days and to fifth place.
The Trophy title was the Netherlands' third in the past four years. For overall titles since the first tournament in 1987, it trails only Australia, which has won six. Argentina won its only Trophy in 2001.
Star striker Kim Lammers, who scored twice against Argentina in the round-robin but missed the Netherlands' last two games with an ankle injury, returned for the final and led many of the attacking plays.
But she had only one scoring chance in the 14th minute, failing to convert a center pass in the circle, as she was closely marked by the Argentine defense.
Argentina captain Magdalena Aicega stopped a lot of Dutch attacks in a final marked by tough midfield play which cut down on goal-scoring chances at either end.
In the 54th, Argentina came close to equalising from its only penalty corner but specialist Noel Barrionuevo's shot was deflected by a defender.
First Published: Jan 22, 2007 18:36 IST