A well-organised Argentina defeated six-time champion Germany 4-2 and gained the title after a 16-year hole within the males’s Junior hockey World Cup on the Kalinga Stadium right here on Sunday.
As Cyclone Jawad weakened, the Argentines — who overcame COVID-related curbs and different points again house — rode on penalty nook specialist Lautaro Domene’s hat-trick to seal victory in a well-contested remaining.
Coached by Olympic gold medallist Lucas Rey, Argentina well managed the sport. It relied on sound fundamentals, sturdy construction and well timed tackles to nip a lot of the German strikes within the bud.
Argentina, cashing in on some good strikes, took a 2-0 lead. Lautaro Domene flicked excessive within the opening quarter and scored off a variation within the second.
Germany raided by way of laborious hits and fast passes from exterior the circle after half-time. One such transfer lowered the hole as Julius Hayner tapped in a unfastened ball.
Germany acquired three straight brief corners early on within the remaining quarter earlier than Masi Pfandt transformed to revive parity.
Nonetheless, Domene accomplished a hat-trick and Franco Agostini struck within the remaining minute to seal the win.
Earlier, an error-prone India misplaced to a better-prepared France 1-3 to complete fourth for the second time. It was the 2016 champion’s second loss to France on this version.
The host conceded as many as 14 penalty corners and trailed 0-1 after the second quarter as French captain Timothee Clement transformed his workforce’s fifth brief nook. Clement went on to finish a hat-trick.
Sudeep Chirmako’s Forty second-minute objective gave some hope however the host couldn’t capitalise on a number of probabilities.
Remaining: Argentina 4 (Lautaro Domene 10, 25, 50, Franco Agostini 60) bt Germany 2 (Julius Hayner 36, Masi Pfandt 47).
Third-4th locations: France 3 (Timothee Clement 26, 34, 47) bt India 1 (Sudeep Chirmako 42); Fifth-Sixth: Netherlands bt Belgium 6-4; Seventh-Eighth: Spain bt Malaysia 4-1.