Day’s Other Matches:
Argentina scrapes past South Korea 2-1
Olympic champions Argentina had to dig deep to overcome the fighting Koreans.
It was their super star Gonzalo Peillat, world’s most fearsome penalty corner striker, who saw them through. Peillat put the South Americans ahead in the 26th minute. It stayed 1-0 at half time. Korea’s equaliser came in the 46th minute through Lee Namyong’s field goal.
Peillat converted another PC in the 53rd minute for Argentina’s winning goal.
Scorers: Argentina 2: Gonzalo Pelliat 2 (PC) – Korea 1: Lee Namyong
India overwhelms Scotland 4-1
Scots gave the Indians a scare; going 1-0 up in only the 6th minute. Skipper Chris Grassick scored in open play. India had the better of play in the remaining period of the first half. They made circle penetrations and had chances but the goal eluded them and Scotland’s lead remained intact when the hooter sounded.
The third quarter saw India completely dominating the proceedings. They scored four goals in a spell of 12 minutes. Ramandeep found the net twice. First, he found the far corner of the net with a superb backhander from the top left of the circle. A few minutes later, he availed an excellent cut back from the goal line standing in front of the goal.
An excellent ball from captain Manpreet Singh into the circle saw nimble footed Akashdeep make it 3-1 with a sublime reverse flick. Fourth goal arrived via India’s only penalty corner of the day. Harmanpreet Singh’s high and angular flick was unstoppable.
India slowed things down in the last quarter and mainly controlled the game with measured passes.
Scorers: India 4: Ramandeep Singh 2, Akashdeep SIngh, Harmanpreet Singh (PC)
England Sails Past China 2-0
When England went two goals up in the first 11 minutes, it seemed China would be run over. But the Asians recovered well. Their superb fitness helped them match the mighty English team for most of the time and there was no further score in the match
Scorers: Barry Middleton and Gleghorne (penalty stroke)
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