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FIH Hockey World League Final, India vs Argentina highlights: ARG beat IND 1-0

Gonzalo Peillat’s goal proved to be the difference as Argentina beat India 1-0 in the semifinals of the FIH Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar. Catch highlights of India vs Argentina semifinal, Hockey World League Final, here.

other sports Updated: Dec 09, 2017 12:44 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
FIH Hockey World League Final,India vs Argentina,live score
India were beaten 1-0 by Argentina in the semifinals of the Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar. Catch highlights of India vs Argentina semifinal, Hockey World League Final, here.(Hockey India)

Hosts India were beaten 1-0 by Olympic champions Argentina in the semifinals of the Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar on Friday, with Gonzalo Peillat’s goal in the second quarter proving to be the difference. India had started the match brightly in the first quarter, but the South Americans stepped up a gear in the second quarter and took the lead through a penalty corner. India had two penalty corners in the game, but failed to convert either of those. Catch highlights of India vs Argentina semifinal, Hockey World League Final, here.

20:56 hrs IST: It’s all over! India go down 0-1 to Argentina in the semifinals of the Hockey World League Final.

20:53 hrs IST: Argentina miss a chance to score with the goal open. Less than a minute left now.

20:48 hrs IST: Six minutes to go. It’s now or never for India.

20:41 hrs IST: India appeal for a penalty corner, but their referral is turned down.

20:35 hrs IST: It’s not looking very good for India. Argentina have been tight at the back. India’s inability to convert the two penalty corners could prove costly.

20:27 hrs IST: India get their first penalty corner of the game. Rupinder’s attempt goes well over, but India get a subsequent corner, which is wasted by the hosts.

20:21 hrs IST: The third quarter starts in Bhubaneswar. India will have to improve greatly from the first two quarters to have a shot at the final.

20:11 hrs IST: It’s half-time. India head into the break trailing Argentina by a goal.

20:06 hrs IST: It’s been all Argentina since the yellow card to Manpreet. India will be eagerly waiting for half-time to regroup.

20:01 hrs IST: Yellow card to India’s Manpreet Singh. The hosts are down to 10 men on the pitch for the rest of the second quarter.

19:59 hrs IST: It’s been a completely different quarter of hockey from the opening one. Argentina have looked rejuvenated in the last few minutes.

19:54 hrs IST: Argentina have a penalty corner. And they make it count. The Olympic champions go 1-0 ahead. Gonzalo Peillat with the goal.

19:51 hrs IST: Argentina have started well in the second quarter. The Olympic champions seem to have stepped up a gear.

19:47 hrs IST: The first quarter ends. India the more dominant side, but it remains goalless in Bhubaneswar.

19:43 hrs IST: A bright start for India in Bhubaneswar, but no sugar yet in terms of goals.

19:39 hrs IST: Argentina’s Vila goes down after the ball flies straight to his face. The heavy rain in Bhubaneswar is making things a bit difficult for the players.

19:37 hrs IST: Argentina appeal for a penalty corner. Their video referral is, however, turned down.

19:34 hrs IST: Akash Chikte moves forward to divert a pass into the goalmouth. India respond with an attack of their own.

19:32 hrs IST: India start off with a promising raid into the Argentine half, but the Olympic champions close things down to avert any danger.

19:30 hrs IST: India will be hoping for a similar performance from the quarter-final against Belgium. Anything less could be disastrous.

19:20 hrs IST: Just ten minutes left for the semifinal to start in Bhubaneswar.

19:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Hockey World League Final’s last-four clash between India and Argentina.

It is expected to be an even contest, although in terms of past record, hosts and eight-time Olympic champions India hold an upper hand against their South American rivals. Out of 46 meetings so far, India have won 26 times, drawn four and lost 16 matches.

India had lost two games in the group phase and drew just one. Argentina had a similar campaign as well, although they managed to win their quarterfinal in regulation time.

Argentina’s ace drag-flicker Gonzalo Peillat accepted that handling India’s ability to counter-attack quickly would be the biggest concern for his side on Friday.

The hosts, however, will hope to continue improving their penalty conversion rate, having put up a below-par show in that department during the group stages.

First Published: Dec 08, 2017 17:52 IST