Argentina give it stick

SYDNEY - Tight matches on day two of the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament yesterday saw Argentina beat Australia 1-0 and the Netherlands overcome China 1-0, while Germany eased past England 3-1.

SYDNEY - Tight matches on day two of the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament yesterday saw Argentina beat Australia 1-0 and the Netherlands overcome China 1-0, while Germany eased past England 3-1.

Argentina advanced to the top of the leader board on six points, with the Netherlands on four, Australia and Germany on three, England on one and China with no points.

Argentina had a penalty corner disallowed in the last minute of the first half but then scored as the Australian defence went to sleep, conceding a free hit to Luciana Aymar, who slipped a pass to Josefina Sruoga in the circle to score inside the left post.

Madonna Blyth, the captain of the Australians, who wore pink to support breast cancer awareness, conceded the team was not focused after a goal was disallowed after many reviews by the video umpire.

"We probably did not switch back on as a whole group after the goal was disallowed," Blyth said.

"I am a big fan of Australian hockey and a big fan of the way they play," Argentina coach Carlos Retegui said. "Today the whole squad defended well and our goalkeeper had a really great game."

China held world and Olympic champions the Netherlands goalless for 60 minutes. But Marilyn Agliotti collected a rebound off China's goalkeeper from Maartje Paumen's sixth penalty corner attempt to give the Netherlands their first win of the tournament.

"We played physically strong but safe in the first half and we talked about it in the break and told the team they needed to play also to win and they did that in the second half," said coach Herman Kruis.

A backstick slap into the left corner by England's Chloe Rogers on their first penalty corner in the first minute of the match shocked Germany into action. They hit back with goals from Janine Beerman, Fanny Rinne and Maike Stoeckel. - Sapa-AFP

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