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By S. Thyagarajan
Argentina 3 Germany 1
Winner of he last week's Pan American gold in the Dominican Republic, Argentina went down fighting 5-6 against Pakistan in its opening match here on Sunday.
Even for the seasoned Argentine lot, the youthful Germans were a perfect match.
Despite scoring an early goal through Jorge Lombi, Argentina was simply unable to extend its authority beyond the 25-yard line.
True, the major share of the exchanges was with the Argentina forwards, notably Mario Almada, who had splendid support from the mid-field where Tomas McCormick and Orozco were prominent.
What really perked up Argentina was the early penalty corner goal that Jorge Lombi scored in his inimitable style, producing a low shot that really bemused the gangling Christian Schulte. But for this blemish, the German keeper brought off a couple of splendid saves. One was particularly eye catching as he slid down the ground to stop the menacing advance inside the circle by Matias Vila. Even the second penalty corner which Jorge Lombi executed was saved with a beaming nonchalance by Christian.
Against the tight Argentine mid-field, the German attackers could not make much of an impression. However, Kriwet Till, who intercepted delectably, and the pivot Justus Scharowsky, kept up the momentum, keeping the frontline players on their toes. Niklas Meinhart was conspicuous in his runs through but was well contained by the rival defence.
Argentina fielded the substitute goalkeeper Vivaldi Juan Manuel in place of the skipper and the seasoned Pablo Morreira.
Shortly after the break, Argentina managed to break through the German defence and Mario Almada, easily the most attractive among the Argentine attackers, wove his way through and flicked into boards.
The Germans came within an ace of scoring when Argentine goalkeeper Vivaldi stick checked Nicolas Emmerling. But much to the chagrin of the German players, the stroke by Alexander Sahmel banged against the cross-piece.
But it was Argentina which scored again when Lombi slammed in the third goal from a penalty corner. When six minutes remained from the hooter, the Germans struck, with Niklas Meinhart making the best of a rebounder from goalkeeper, Vivaldi.
The results (women's event): Australia 3 (Julie Towers 3) bt Germany 0.
Monday's results: Australia 3 (Bianca Netzeler, Karen Smith and Angie Skirving) bt Argentina 0; Netherlands 3 (Mijntje Donners 2, Fatima Moreiro de melo ) bt Germany 0.
Wednesday's matches: Men: Australia v Germany (6-30 p.m.); India v Argentina (8-30 p.m.); Women: Netherlands v Argentina (11 p.m.).
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