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FIH Hockey World League Final 2017: India vs Argentina Semifinal, Live Score & Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedDec 08, 2017 21:00 IST

India 0-1 Argentina. Full Time!

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21:00 (IST)8 DEC 2017

With that, we come to the end of our coverage of the semifinal match between India and Argentina, as the visitors come off with a 1-0 win in the end. That's all from us for tonight, but do stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more updates from around the world of sports.

20:57 (IST)8 DEC 2017

Full Time! With that, we come to the end of the semifinal, as Argentina make it to the final with a 1-0 victory over India. Captain Manpreet Singh looks absolutely gutted, as he sits on the turf, looking on in disbelief. India have fought well in this match, but one goal was all it took to make the difference for Argentina, in the end. India, on the other hand, have the chance to fight for the bronze medal, on Sunday.

20:55 (IST)8 DEC 2017

60 - All of Argentina's players are behind the ball, as India try to lay siege on their goal. However, with 10 seconds left, they get a free hit.

20:54 (IST)8 DEC 2017

59 - Argentina play in a long ball, which Harmanpreet misses, as Paredes runs forward to an empty goal. Astonishingly, he puts it wide from very close range. That would have been game over for India.

20:52 (IST)8 DEC 2017

57 - Akashdeep tries to dribble past Perlliat, but the Argentine puts in a brilliant last-minute tackle, to get hold of the ball.

20:51 (IST)8 DEC 2017

56 - India are going for the Powerplay, as Karkera comes off.

20:50 (IST)8 DEC 2017

55 - Harmanpreet soars up the left flank, passes it to Lalit, who goes to the byline inside the circle and smashes it in, but the pass is blocked.

20:49 (IST)8 DEC 2017

54 - Manpreet gets a pass from Gurjant, and he weaves his way into the circle, but soon runs into a crowd of players.

20:47 (IST)8 DEC 2017

52 - Uthappa plays in a cross across goal, Akashdeep gets a touch, but it hits Mandeep, and Argentina get a free hit.

20:46 (IST)8 DEC 2017

51 - Chance! Rohidas plays in a cross, which ends up with Gurjant, who turns and shoots on the reverse, but the Argentine keeper palms it away to safety.

20:45 (IST)8 DEC 2017

50 - India soar down the left flank, as Chinglensana passes to Akasdeep dribbles past two defenders and pulls the trigger, but it is saved.

20:42 (IST)8 DEC 2017

47 - Manpreet plays it to Sunil, who plays a brilliant pass to Chinglensana inside the circle, but he goes down under some pressure. The umpire waves play on, but India review the decision. However, the decision is not reversed, and India lose their review.

20:39 (IST)8 DEC 2017

46 - The fourth quarter starts in a similar manner, as Argentina keep possession of the ball, while the Indians chase shadows in the rain.

20:37 (IST)8 DEC 2017

End of Q3! With that, we come to the end of the third quarter. India have sorely struggled here, and it looks difficult for them to make a headway into the Argentine defence. This makes for an exciting final quarter.

20:36 (IST)8 DEC 2017

45 - India get a long corner, and Lalit crashes it into goal. However, his shot was from outside the circle, and it does not stand.

20:35 (IST)8 DEC 2017

43 - India are struggling to make headway in these wet conditions. Neither are they being able to play their swift game, nor are they being able to play the aerial balls properly.

20:32 (IST)8 DEC 2017

40 - Chinglensana cuts past three Argentine defenders and passes to Sunil, but the forward is cut out.

20:28 (IST)8 DEC 2017

38 - Sunil deflects a long pass into the circle towards Mandeep, but the latter could not react fast enough for it.

20:27 (IST)8 DEC 2017

36 - Rupinder slap-hits this one, but it is saved by the keeper.

20:26 (IST)8 DEC 2017

35 - Rupinder lines it up, but it hits an Argentina player, and India get yet another PC. Argentina protest vehemnetly, but they have lost their review.

20:25 (IST)8 DEC 2017

35 - Akashdeep intercepts, and soars into the circle, and earns a PC. The first PC for India in this game

20:23 (IST)8 DEC 2017

33 - Manpreet tries to pierce the Argentine defence, but the ball is cut out inside the circle by Lopez.

20:22 (IST)8 DEC 2017

32 - Harmanpreet catches a stick on the knee, as the umpire immediately stops play, while Harmanpreet hobbles around in pain. However, he gingerly carries on.

20:20 (IST)8 DEC 2017

31 - Welcome back for the second half, as India bring on Suraj Karkera in goal, instead of Akash Chikte.

20:11 (IST)8 DEC 2017

Half Time! With that, we come to the end of the first half, as Argentina go into the break with a 1-0 lead. They have dominated the proceedings, hogging possession of the ball, while India have tried to play on the counter. However, India's swift counter-attacks seem to have been foiled by different puddles in the middle of the pitch, which have slowed the pace of their passes down, and have allowed Argentina to get back on the ball.

20:09 (IST)8 DEC 2017

30 - Akashdeep breaks down the left, and plays in across, as the referee blows for an Argentina foul. However, there's not enough time for them to take that, as the half time hooter goes off.

20:08 (IST)8 DEC 2017

29 - Argentina seem to be playing for the half time hooter, as they pass it around the back.

20:07 (IST)8 DEC 2017

27 - Varun breaks at speed down the right, but again, his pass to Akashdeep gets stuck in a puddle, which foils the attack.

20:04 (IST)8 DEC 2017

24 - Chinglensana tries to play it out to Mandeep on the left, but the ball gets caught on the puddle, and the pass is easily intercepted. This is turning out to be a rather frustrating affair for India.

20:02 (IST)8 DEC 2017

21 - Manpreet lunges forward and puts in a tackle, that looked clean on the first go. However, the Umpire awards a free hit to Argentina, and gives Manpreet a yellow card. India are down to 10 men for the next 10 minutes.

19:59 (IST)8 DEC 2017

20 - India are under pressure from Argentina here, but Harmanpreet does brilliantly to play a long ball out to Manpreet. However, he is soon stopped in his track and Argentina get back on the ball.

19:56 (IST)8 DEC 2017

17 - PC for Argentina! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Peillat puts Argentina in the lead! He opened up his shoulders, and calmly slotted the ball into the top corner of the goal.

19:53 (IST)8 DEC 2017

17 - PC for Argentina! But India review the decision, looking for dangerous play by Argentina. Lakra had stuck his stick out in front of Pereira, and its a touch and go affair. The decision is eventually not overturned, but India keep their review, as there was no clear-cut evidence.

19:50 (IST)8 DEC 2017

16 - And we're off in Q2, as the ball squirms out of Varun's reach, the wet surface, and rolls out of play.

19:48 (IST)8 DEC 2017

End of Q1! Its been a slow start to the semifinal here. The pitch has been rather heavy due to the rain, and both the sides have failed to play their natural game here. Let's see what Q2 has in store for us.

19:47 (IST)8 DEC 2017

15 - Akashdeep seems to have been caught on the face with a stick, as he goes down. However, it was not intentional, and play continues after a short delay.

19:46 (IST)8 DEC 2017

14 - The passes are being consistent as long as they are passing it around in defence, but with puddles all over the pitch, India are finding it difficult to go forward.

19:43 (IST)8 DEC 2017

10 - Chinglensana passes to Sunil on the right. Sunil crashes in a cross. Its a bouncing ball, but the Argentine defence clears calmly.

19:42 (IST)8 DEC 2017

9 - Apologies for the delay. We've been facing some technical difficulties, here. The rain seems to be really affecting play here, as both the sides play frequently lifted balls, to avoid the wet turf.  This has take a lot of intensity out of the game.

19:37 (IST)8 DEC 2017

5 - Argentina go looking for a PC, as the look for dangerous play, but the decision is not reversed, and Argentina lose their review very early in the game.

19:35 (IST)8 DEC 2017

4 - Chinglensana soars up the pitch, passes to Mandeep, who tries to whack it across goal, but it is blocked.

19:34 (IST)8 DEC 2017

3 - Its pouring down heavily in Bhubaneswar, and that is slowing down the speed of the ball. India have employed the high press tactic this time. This could help them intercept the passes and launch quick counter attacks!

19:31 (IST)8 DEC 2017

1 - India immediately look to get into the attack, but the Argentina defence seem to have it under control.

19:31 (IST)8 DEC 2017

Hello, and welcome to our coverage of the semifinal match of the HWF Final between India and Argentina, here in Bhubaneswar. Argentina get the proceedings underway.

17:51 (IST)8 DEC 2017

The Indian men's hockey team takes on reigning Olympic champions Argentina in what promises to be a real thriller in the semifinals of the FIH Hockey World League Final 2017. After a winless run in the group stages, the Indian side dug deep and recorded an absorbing victory over Pool A toppers Belgium on Wednesday and as a result, set up the semis match up with the Argentinians. 
 
The two teams had met at last year's Rio Olympics as well, with the India team recording a narrow 2-1 win. Sjoerd Marijne's side will be looking for the same result at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha as well, as they look to seal their berth in the finals. 
 
India drew their opening match of the tournament against the mighty Australians but in the next two games, they were put to the sword by England, who won 3-2 with a goal in the dying minutes, and Germany, who recorded a comfortable 2-0 win. However, the Indian side picked itself up in the kncockout game against Belgium, which they won in a nerve-wracking shootout that went to sudden death. 
 
The match between India and Argentina starts at 7.30 PM IST! Stay tuned to this space for the latest updates.
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