Bhubaneswar, India: Host India’s quest to win the Hockey World League title came to an end, with Olympic champions and world No.1 Argentina beating them 1-0 in the semifinal here on Friday.
Gonzalo Peillat's brilliant flicker defied the conditions to send a rocket inside the right post of goalkeeper Akash Chickte two minutes into the second quarter.
Argentina will now await the winners of the second semifinal, with reigning world and Hockey World League champions Australia taking on Germany on Saturday.
“I’m very proud of our performance today as it was tough out there”, said Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi after the match. “We played a smart game, scored a good goal and defended really well.”
Argentina soaked up huge amounts of Indian pressure in the third and fourth quarter, with the hosts enjoying an incredible 79 percent possession in the latter. However, an equaliser never came and Argentina are now one win away from adding the Hockey World League title to the Olympic gold medal that they claimed at Rio 2016.