Peillat fires Argentina into Champions Trophy 5th place playoff

Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:

Argentina will face the Netherlands in Sunday’s fifth place playoff at the hockey Champions Trophy here while England and Belgium will compete for the seventh place following the South American’s 2-1 win against the English thanks to a penalty corner strike from Gonazalo Peillat.


England’s Ashley Jackson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a beautiful penalty stroke goal when his flick hit the top left corner of the goal. The stroke had been awarded after Chris Griffiths’ excellent run down the left channel was halted illegally.

England failed to extend their lead later on. Argentina were level on 25 minutes when Gonzalo Peillat fired home a powerful corner flick to the right corner. The set piece was won by Lucas Vila’s innovative run.

The third quarter was scoreless with Jackson seeing his drag-flick being saved on the line and Henry Weir being denied by Manuel Vivaldi.

The Argentine goalie parried against Griffith’s attempt shortly afterwards. However, Argentina took their chance to take the lead from a penalty corner flicked in by specialist Peillat. (IANS)

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