Hockey: Fighting India go down to Argentina 2-3 in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup opener

Argentina's penalty-corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat scored a hat-trick to lead his team's win. Amit Rohidas scored both the goals for India

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 15:52
File photo of Sardar Singh (PTI)

Argentina's penalty-corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat scored a hat-trick to lead his team's win. Amit Rohidas scored both the goals for India

3 March 2018, 15:52 PM

FULL TIME: Argentina beat India 3-2 thanks to a PC hat-trick by Gonzalo Peillat. Amit Rohidas also converted two PCs for India but it wasn't good enough in the end as the Indian forwards scratched around in front of the post despite making more circle penetrations than the Argentine strikers.

3 March 2018, 15:45 PM

Ah! Ramandeep had a chance at the far post of Argentine goal but couldn't trap it. Last 2 min in the game. ARG 3 - 2 IND

3 March 2018, 15:43 PM

Argentina aren't intent on attack, like before rain delay. India having one eye on the clock, as it shows just over four minutes left in the game. And yellow card for Sumit. So India down to 10 men for the remainder of the match. ARG 3 - 2 IND

3 March 2018, 15:38 PM

As long as there's no lightning, hockey can continue, but the pitch has taken a lot of water and will be slower than it was before it rained. Argentina might decide to huddle back in defence and defend their one-goal lead. Just over 8 min left now.

3 March 2018, 15:30 PM

Update: The match is about to restart as weather clears up a little in Ipoh. ARG lead India 3-1 with 11 min 29 sec left in Q4. 


3 March 2018, 14:58 PM

Match stopped due to rain, thunder and lightning. It's a regular feature in evenings at Ipoh. Stay tuned for the latest. ARG leading India 3-2 in Q4.

3 March 2018, 14:54 PM

Heavy rain lashes the Azlan Shah Stadium as Q4 commences. 

3 March 2018, 14:48 PM

39th min: That was a good chance for Simranjeet on top of the circle but he couldn't connect properly and tripped off. ARG 3 - 2 IND

3 March 2018, 14:41 PM

Two goals in three minutes of Q3. Amit Rohidas made it 2-2 in the 32nd min and Peillat gets his hat-trick in the very next minute to get Argentia back in lead at 3-2.

3 March 2018, 14:22 PM

Half-Time: Argentina 2 - 1 India (Peillat scored both goals for ARG, Amit Rohidas pulled one back for IND).

India's midfield play not working for them, and the forwards lacking sharpness. 

3 March 2018, 14:19 PM

28th min: Shoddy play from Indian defenders. Another PC for Argentina, but Peillat's flick blocked well this time by the Indian rusher. ARG 2 - 1 IND

3 March 2018, 14:16 PM

26th min: PS decision changed to PC. But Vivaldi pads the flick easily. But aerial ricochet. Another PC for India. GOAL! This time they score through Amit Rohidas. ARG 2 - 1 IND

3 March 2018, 14:14 PM

First PC for India! But after Sumit and Talwinder failed to convert a field effort. Penalty Stroke! After a defender's foot stopped the ball at the goal-line. But the Argentine's are asking for a video referral, claiming it was a stick, not foot.

3 March 2018, 14:12 PM

24th min: GOAL! Third PC for Argentina, and second strike for Peillat. How do you stop that man, especially with no Sreejesh in the post for India. 2-0 to Argentina in Q2.

3 March 2018, 14:09 PM

22nd min: India not being allowed to carry the ball past the Argentine 25. Not enough circle penetrations in this quarter by the Indian forwards. Sardar, too, hasn't been able to control and guide play from the midfield. 

3 March 2018, 14:06 PM

20th min: India more of ball-chasers in this quarter as Argentina enjoying more of the possession and not allowing any Indian interceptions in the midfield. ARG 1 - 0 IND

3 March 2018, 14:00 PM

End of the first quarter - Argentina 1 - 0 India. Peillat the scorer. 

3 March 2018, 13:58 PM

13th min: Penalty corner to Argentina, the first of the game. Blocked. Another PC. This time Peillat gets it right. GOAL! Sounds the board. Argentina up 1-0.

3 March 2018, 13:52 PM

11th min: Into the last five minutes of the first quarter and it's still goal-less and more of a check-game from both the sides. 

3 March 2018, 13:50 PM

8th min: Rossi enters the Indian circle from the right, pushes the ball in and raises his hand for a penalty corner. Umpire didn't agree and he asked for a video referral. "No advice possible as the camera angle was not good enough". Argentina keep the referral. So a free hit to India.

3 March 2018, 13:44 PM

4th min: Teams trying to gauge each other's game as India get their first look at goal from the right but blocked by the Argentine 'keeper. 0-0

3 March 2018, 13:39 PM

We are all set to begin the tournament opener. Remember, India going in with three debutants. No Manpreet, Rupinder Pal, Sreejesh or Akashdeep in the squad as they have been rested. Sardar leading the team - something he did for the first time at the same tournament in 2008. 

3 March 2018, 13:34 PM

The teams have lined up for the national anthems - the Indian team in all-white and the Argentines in blue.

3 March 2018, 13:27 PM

Here's India's starting line-up:

3 March 2018, 13:25 PM

Here's what India coach Sjoerd Marijne had to say about the team's preparation and prospects in Ipoh

3 March 2018, 13:16 PM

India are vying for a sixth Sultan Azlan Shah title and will face Rio Olympic champions Argentina in their first match at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh, the tournament's permanent home.  

3 March 2018, 13:15 PM

Hello and welcome to Zee News Sports' coverage of Indian hockey, and it's the men's team that begins its journey in a big year that includes the Commonwealth Games, Champions Trophy, Asian Games and the World Cup.