Argentina won the FIH Pro League crown, finishing with 42 points from 16 games, 10 clear of second placed Netherlands, who still have two games remaining. The Indians continued to occupy the third position in the standings in their debut season with 24 points from 12 games.
The two teams fought tooth and nail in the first quarter but failed to break the deadlock.
It was India who broke the stalemate in the 23rd minute, scoring through a counter-attack with Salima Tete showing her rapid speed by cutting through the Argentine defence before taking a shot that deflected in off opposition goalkeeper Belen Succi’s stick.
Three minutes later, Indian custodian Savita made a fine save to keep her side’s lead intact. A cross from the left found Julieta Jankunas in space and she tried to tap the ball in, but Savita changed directions quickly to make a terrific save.
Thereafter, Argentina had three shots on goal but failed to get past Savita.
After the change of ends, Argentina came out attacking and controlled the game for a major part of the third quarter.
India soon secured a penalty corner but Udita wasted the chance.
Argentina then scored twice in a span of three minutes from two penalty corners to take a 3-1 lead.
Eugenia Trinchinetti first scored from a fantastic variation in the 41st minute and then, two minutes later, last match’s hat-trick scorer, Agustina Gorzelany, sounded the board from another set piece.
The Indians will next play USA on June 21 and 22.
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