Field Hockey — World CupWednesday, June 4, 2014
Good day for Argentina, almost
THE HAGUE — While the Argentine men beat Germany 1-0, the women drew 2-2 when the US equalized with seven minutes to go, but it was a fair result against rivals which had beaten them in the Pan-American and Olympic Games and in last year’s World League semifinal. Both games were outstanding and exciting.
The men’s 1-0 victory against Germany was called a surprise, but it was not really. The team improved a lot every time Retegui was the coach. Argentina defended more and were reduced to counter-attacks most of the time. Yet they entered the German circle as much as their rivals. Argentina’s defence was outstanding with man to man marking and good saves by Juan Vivaldi. They gave no penalty corners away and the only one of the game went to Argentina in the second half. The goal was scored by Manuel Brunet after 30 minutes from close in after good dribbling at which Argentines excelled.
Group B joint leaders Netherlands only beat Korea 2-1 in the last minute and New Zealand beat S. Korea 5-0.
The women’s game was even all the way. As for circle entries, Argentina had 15 and the US 14. The US scored after 23 minutes, but Argentina asked for a video umpire decision for obstruction and won. But three minutes later, Julia Reinprecht scored to put the US ahead. Silvina D’Elía equalized from a penalty corner in 32 minutes with the ball bouncing over the prostrate goalkeeper for the 1-1 halftime score.
Luciana Aymar was as good as ever, being marked as usual by two or three rivals and only stopped by fouls. She also put Argentina ahead with an oblique shot from the right with nine minutes to go and it looked like the winner. By that time it had started raining heavily with 14 minutes to go and with always a chance of suspension. The US got on top and Kelsey Kolojecchick equalized with seven minutes to go. Then the US kept Argentina close to their circle for the rest of the game.
The result left Argentina at the top of the group with four points with the US, Germany and China. Fourth-ranked England, who surprisingly lost 3-0 to China are practically out of it. Germany drew with China 1-1.
Coach Retegui was yet again asked how he managed to coach both teams and said that he is very passionate about hockey and that makes it easy. He also mentioned that every time Argentina had got on top, the US scored, but he was satisfied with the day’s results.
Today is a rest day.