FIH World Cup: England beat Argentina to enter semis

England struck back at the other end in the very next minute when Martin scored to make the issue safe for the European powerhouse. England clinched a well deserved victory. IANS

IANS
Bhubaneswar, Publish Date: Dec 13 2018 2:15AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2018 2:15AM
FIH World Cup: England beat Argentina to enter semisRepresentational Pic

England edged past Argentina 3-2 in a pulsating quarter-final of the hockey World Cup here on Wednesday. Veteran dragflick expert Gonzalo Peilat (17th, 48th minutes) converted a couple of penalty corners for Argentina. England, who were impressive with their free flowing attacks and well organiseddefence, scored field goals through Barry Middleton (27th), Will Calnan (44th) and Harry Martin (49th).

Although England dominated the opening quarter, Peilat gave Argentina the lead with a powerful dragflick. But the relentless England pressure finally bore fruit when Middleton scored a field goal with an excellent finish after a well worked build-up.

Calnan, who had to sit out for a while after picking up a yellow card, made amends soon after coming back in when he beat Vivaldi at his near post with a powerful finish.

England had a narrow escape a couple of minutes into the final quarter when the umpire initially awarded a penalty stroke to Argentina which was changed to a penalty corner for the South Americans after a review. But if the English players had heaved a sigh of relief, it turned out to be temporary as Peilat scored with another powerful dragflick.

England struck back at the other end in the very next minute when Martin scored to make the issue safe for the European powerhouse. England clinched a well deserved victory. 

 

 

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