New Zealand outplays Argentina 3-0 in opener
Playing an all out attacking game, New Zealand overpowered Argentina 3-0 in their opening pool 'A' match of the Hockey World Cup.india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 00:59 IST
Playing an all out attacking game, New Zealand overpowered Argentina 3-0 in their opening pool 'A' match of the Hockey World Cup at Monchengladbach.
For the the winners who led 2-0 at half time, Hayden Shaw(2) and Simon Child (one) scored.
The Kiwis converted two of their three penalty corners while the Pan American champion Argentina failed to make use of the two penalty corners that came their way.
Hayden Shaw converted two penalty corners mid way through the first half with powerful flicks and the black shirts could have won by higher margin but for the missed chances.
The Kiwis were fast and crisp in their attacks while their rivals failed to make any incisive move throughout the 70-minute encounter.
In the second session, the Kiwis kept up the pressure and increased the lead in the 45th minute through Simon Child and after that Argentina just gave up.
The Latin American seemed content in defending their goal and they succeeded in their tactics as the Kiwis failed to increase their tally.