Spirited Indian Men’s Hockey Team went down 2-3 against Olympic Champions Argentina in a rain-affected opening match here at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 on Saturday. All goals came off penalty corners with Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat (13’, 24’, 33’) scoring a hat-trick while Amit Rohidas (26’, 31’) scored double goals for India.
Coming into the third quarter, India struck early as forward Sumit Kumar was aggressive in the baseline to fetch India their fourth PC of the match. Previous goal scorer Amit Rohidas made no mistake as he converted in similar fashion giving India the much needed 2-2 equalizer in the 31st minute. It was all about PCs for Argentina as Peillat struck his third goal in the 34th minute taking Argentina’s lead to 3-2. With rain trickling down in the fourth quarter, memories of India’s Semi Final match against Argentina at the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final was brought to the fore. India had lost 0-1 as they couldn’t play their natural high-paced game on a rain-soaked pitch.