Indian hockey team loses to Argentina in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup opener

Gonzalo Peillat’s hat-trick helped Olympic champions Argentina beat the Indian hockey team 3-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup opener on Saturday.

other sports Updated: Mar 03, 2018 16:33 IST
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The Indian hockey team lost the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup opener against Argentina in Ipoh on Saturday.(AFP)

India went down 2-3 to Olympic champions Argentina in the opening match of the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey here today. (India vs Argentina highlights)

Star drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat (13th, 23rd, 33rd minute) scored a hat-trick for Argentina while Amit Rohidas (24th, 32nd) converted two penalty corners for India.

Play was stopped in fourth quarter due to heavy rain. At resumption, India were reduced to 10 men though a last-gasp effort from Talwinder Singh almost found the equaliser for India.

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India next play England tomorrow. The other teams taking part in the tournament are Australia, Ireland and Malaysia.

India are fielding a young team here in the absence of key players like Akashdeep Singh, SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Drag-flick specialists Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh too have been rested.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 16:32 IST