Field hockey — World cupSaturday, June 7, 2014
Peillat’s hat-trick leads men to win
Leonas beat Germany 3-0
Both Argentine teams won yesterday. The men earned an outstanding 3-1 victory over New Zealand with Gonzalo Peillat scoring a hat-trick. The women beat Germany 3-0 to remain atop in Pool B.
THE HAGUE — Against two tough rivals, Argentina’s men yesterday beat New Zealand 3-1, while the women beat Germany 3-0 and it should have been 5-0. Now the women top their group jointly with the US (which surprisingly beat China 5-0) and they are equal on goals at 9-3. But the bad news is that Luciana Aymar did not play in the second half and went to hospital for a check-up. She will be rested for the next match against England and then be OK.
New Zealand dominated territorially against the Argentine men, yet the latter were just as dangerous with counter-attacks, although each team only had one real chance in the first half after 17 and 20 minutes when scoreable shots went too high. Argentina’s defence was again the strong point and there were no penalty corners for either team in the first half. At times it looked as if Argentina tried to slow down the pace, but Gonzalo Peillat said afterwards that there were no instructions to that effect, but that it was a very close match which required a lot of thinking.
All the action came after the interval. The first penalty corner of the match was awarded to Argentina after 44 minutes and Peillat netted it. But immediately Belgium forced a penalty corner. Argentina requested video referal and lost, but two penalty corners in succession were saved. New Zealand equalized with a hard shot from far away which was touched in the circle by Stephen Jenness in 49 minutes — tactics they tried again later without success. But two further penalty corners for Argentina after 51 and 63 minutes enabled Peillat to complete his hat-trick from four attempts.
Argentina’s the Leonas, playing in pink, were awarded a penalty corner in the 4th minute for Silvina D’Elía to score and in 32 minutes a second penalty corner. was netted by Noel Barrionuevo who waited for the goalkeeper to come out and shot past her. The Germans did not enter Argentina’s circle until the 14th minute. Then play evened up, but Argentina always had the closer chances and missed more with some faulty passing. Carla Rebecchi scored an excellent field goal for the 3-0 score.
Today, neither of the Argentine teams play, but Netherlands and Australia clash to decide first place in the other women’s group.