09/08/2012 | Printed Edition
LONDON - World champions Argentina eliminated Britain's women with a 2-1 defeat yesterday and will fight over hockey gold with reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands, who squeezed through past New Zealand in a thrilling penalty shootout. Argentina dominated hosts Britain throughout much of the semifinal, in which ‘‘Las Leonas’’ treated the 16,000-strong crowd to a display of magnificent stick and passing skills, while Britain often struggled to string their passes together. Just five minutes into the game, Noel Barrionuevo flicked a penalty corner through British defender Crista Cullen's legs for the 1-0 lead. Carla Rebecchi, scored for the the halftime 2-0 lead. Argentina’s men’s basketball team (photo left) also netted a victory to relish. They beat Brazil 82-77 at North Greenwich Arena in London in the Olympic men's basketball quarter-finals.