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Hockey World League: Argentina upset Netherlands, Australia win

New Delhi:  World No.11 Argentina caused a huge upset by defeating three-times World Champions Netherlands 5-2 while Australia got off to a 3-2 win against Belgium in Pool B matches of the Hockey World League
IANS January 10, 2014 21:57 IST
IANS
New Delhi:  World No.11 Argentina caused a huge upset by defeating three-times World Champions Netherlands 5-2 while Australia got off to a 3-2 win against Belgium in Pool B matches of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here Friday.

The first upset took place on the opening day of the event as Argentina beat one of the pre-tournament favourites at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The South American team took the lead in only the second minute when Gonzalo Peillat slotted in from a penalty corner.

The Netherlands responded immediately and equalled the scoreline through penalty corner specialist Mink van der Weerden in the fifth minute. Three minutes later Argentina reclaimed the lead with a diving conversion by Facundo Callioni.

The remainder of the first half was quiet with both sides taking a safety-first approach.