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Hockey World League Final: Argentina to meet India in semis
Sportslogon Team December 7th 2017

Bhubaneswar : World no1 Argentina was improved their performance match by match, who seems to look off colour in the league round matches, bounced back in the quarterfinal round. With a dominating style they barged into the semi-finals of the Odisha World Hockey League Final, defeating England by 3-2 goals at Kalinga Stadium here on Thursday. With the win Argentina will face host India in the semi-final match on Friday.

After the barren first quarter, Lucas Vila opened the account for Argentina in the 21st minute. Just before the end of the second quarter in the 29th minute Argentina skipper Paredes Matias double the lead through a field goal. Within few seconds England made a counter attack and Condon David scored a field goal in the 29th minute, the score card read as 2-1 in the half-time.

The England goalkeeper abstracted the Argentina’s striker right in front of the goal post and referee came to action and awarded a penalty stroke in favour of Argentina in the 34th minute and Gilardi Juan made no mistake to score third goal for Argentina.

The England who got four penalty corner, but failed to convert into a goal, in other hand Argentina never awarded any PC in the match. Just before the final whistle, Adam Dixon nailed a field goal for England in the 60th minute and final score read as 3-2.

Argentina who had a big setback in their inaugural match, as they suffered defeat from young Spain team by 1-2. In their second league match they draw with Netherlands by 3-3, however in their last league match they lost from Belgium by 2-3 goals and placed in the bottom of Pool-A teams.

In other hand, England shared the points with defending champion Australia in their inaugural encounter. They beat host India 3-2 in their second league matches, they suffered defeat from Germany in the last league match by 0-2 goals. .
This news was added and updated on : December 7th 2017
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