India go down to Argentina in the semi-final of the Hockey World League Final in Bhubaneswar. Argentina scored through a penalty corner in the 17th minute. The match was being played on wet turf after continuous rain in Bhubaneswar. That has made passing and playing strategies difficult for both teams. India had their chances but some brilliant defending by Argentina and goalkeeping denied India of every opportunity. Akashdeep Singh had the best chance in the 58th minute but was denied by Argentina goalkeeper. Argentina qualified for their first ever HWL Final’s final. The other semi-final will be played on Saturday.
India vs Argentina, Hockey World League Final, semis:
60′ Full-time in Bhubaneswar and India fall to Argentina who qualify for their first ever final of HWL Final. Not the result India would have liked but a good fight!
58′ Argentina defending has been world class. The Olympic champions have denied India every chance. This is one brilliant team for Argentina
56′ No goalkeeper for Idnia India now! They have a 11th player replacing Akash Chitke. Can they find a goal?
54′ India’s strength is on counter-attack but with the turf wet, it is not happening. The quick passes are not happening which is hampering the overall attack
50′ Close chance for India but Argentina save. What a save from the goalkeeper on a Akashdeep touch. Another chance when Gurjant tries a reverse shot. Another top save!
46′ Final quarter coming up! India need a goal here. They are trailing Argentina. Both teams looking to make their first ever final in HWL Final
45′ A shot from outside the circle and no Indian could get a touch inside it. No goals for India here and that is the end of the third quarter. India 0-1 Argentina
43′ Missed chances from India! Just a couple of minutes remaining in the third quarter. The final quarter will be a big challenge for India if they not score in this one
39′ Argentina defence has given India no chance. They have stopped them from circle pentration which is now frustrating India. Not a nice sight this
36′ Saved! No luck for India as Rupinder’s shot is saved. Argentina with a brilliant defence. India would be ruing these missed chances. Score still India 0-1 Argentina
36′ PC for India! Can they make it 1-1 here? Akashdeep was one-on-one with a defender but he could hit only his body. Manpreet with the drag. Rupinder flicks but it is goes over after hitting an Argentine defender. Another PC!
35′ Argentina attacking India on regular basis. India on the back foot here. No attacks and Argentina have consistently broken their attacks!
31′ Both teams back on the turf for the third qaurter. The Bhubaneswar crowd has braved the storm and rain and come in number. Can India live up to their expectations?
30′ Half-time! India are behind 0-1 against Argentina in this Hockey World League Final semi-final and they won’t be pleased. But the wet turf has been a problem for both the teams. Argentina scored through a penalty corner
25′ So the passes are not going at a pace. Also, the water patches on the field making it really difficult for the teams to play. Not ideal but Argentina lead India 1-0
23′ India on the back foot and now capain Manpreet Singh is shown a yellow card. Not what India wanted. They need to score a goal here
17′ GOAL! Argentina convert a PC! Brilliant executoin from Argentina. The stopper stopped the ball and then the flick was wide towards the left post and no chance for Indian goalkeeper to stop it
16′ Argentina looking for an opening in the Indian circle but the defence has held on brilliantly. India looking to find their attack as well
15′ End of an exciting first quarter in Bhubaneswar! India 0-0 Argentina but both team look eager to score. The wet turf not helping that.
11′ India’s poor passing affecting their attacks. Argentina defending well. India have been the more pacy team Argentina have controlled the ball more!
9′ This wet turf is creating a lot of problems for the players. No goals yet but no such attack where the teams have looked in complete control
3′ India with the first attack but the ball speed is too slow with patches of water all over the pitch. This is going to be a challenging match for both teams
0′ We are done with the national anthems of both the nations. Argentina and India are geared up for this semi-final. A spot in the final up for grabs. All set in Bhubaneswar!
1838 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the semi-final of the Hockey World League finals between India and Argentina. India showed that they can make even the most optimistic of viewers cringe with their performances against England and Germany in the group stage. Then they showed that predicting the unpredictable is the safe route for experts when it comes to India matches when they ousted Belgium in the semi-finals. Argentina have shown similar unpredictably since winning gold in Rio 2016.