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India vs Argentina Olympics 2021 hockey men's Pool A final score, commentary & updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 29, 2021 07:38 IST

Match 4!

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07:38 (IST)29 JUL 2021

A fantastic win for India, who seal the second spot and have done a remarkable job with their performance against the defending champions. Three wins out of four games thus far for India, who are looking impressive and have not let that lost to Australia get the better of them. 

They've learnt from their mistakes, improving on their tactics and are putting them to good use out on the pitch. We saw a glimpse of that today as India controlled the game for most of the time and were brutal with their approach. 

They kicks off the first quarter with sheer dominance, as they enjoyed most of the possession, kept the ball, and distributed it quite nicely. They only failed to get their final act right, as they were just short of scoring on a couple of chances. 

The second quarter too, was pretty similar, but with more chances. Almost every minute they were penetrating the opposition's circle and giving them a scare, but the grit defence of Argentine kept them out yet again. 

It was in quarter three, where the shackles were broken and India pushed ahead through a penalty corner. With a small bluff, India scored the first goal, late in the quarter to take the lead, but just one goal was not going to be enough.

At the start of the fourth quarter India, yet again as was the flow of the entire game, started with attack, but Argentina broke free and won a penalty corner which they made use of inch perfectly. Argentina showed some maturity in their game and were just coming in their groove when India struck back. 

India never took their foot off the pedal, and just in the closing minutes when Argentina would have started thinking of a draw, India struck, not once but twice. Two late goals in the last couple of minutes ensured India a 3-1 win. 

Our men in blue are showing some fantastic character and have adapted to learn from their mistakes and improve. They are looking in a really good place and have brought that positivity out on the pitch. They will surely go through to the knockouts, but there a much bigger challenge awaits them. 

Certainly, our lads have it in them to play up to their potential and make us all proud. So let's hope they come out on top and continue to prosper in Tokyo. That's all from us here for now, but do tune into SportsKeeda as we bring you all the Olympic action. Goodbye for now! 

07:36 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Full time score card

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Full time stats!

07:32 (IST)29 JUL 2021

India have waited till the end, but they do manage to seal a comfortable victory at the end and ensure they seal the second spot in their group. 

07:31 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Full time. India beat Argentina 3-1.

07:30 (IST)29 JUL 2021

If not then, now surely India have sealed the win! No comeback from here for the defending champions! 

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59' India 3-1 Argentina

GAME.SET.MATCH. Harmanpreet buries the penalty corner at the back of the net and India are on their way into the quarters!

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59' Penalty corner for India.

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Will we have more drama here? Or have India sealed the deal for sure this time? 

07:27 (IST)29 JUL 2021

2 more minutes for India to hold on.

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YES INDIA CAN! A brilliant pass from almost the halfway line into the circle. A shot blocked from close range but Vivek in the right position to deal with the rebound and tap it in. India lead with just over two minutes to go. 

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58' India 2-1 Argentina

Vivek scores from a very close range!

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Surender receives a green card too the very next moment. It's 10 vs 10 now.

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56' Thomas Habnif is out for the next 2 minutes after receiving a green card. India must capitalize on the numerical advantage.

07:25 (IST)29 JUL 2021

There is a change in the flow of the game, but can India produce a late winner here? Or will they have to go into a must win game situation in their final group game? 

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Last 5 minutes of the game...

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Argentina fail to score their second penalty corner, but have been impressive in the fourth quarter to fight back and come level the scores. They're going for that winner, and are creating a few chances. Things not as smooth for India anymore. 

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India blocks out the penalty corner.

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53' Penalty corner for Argentina

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52' Brilliant attack from Argentina, Oritz's shot was hit wide.

07:18 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Two out of two referrals on point for India. 

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The referral is upheld. No penalty corner.

07:17 (IST)29 JUL 2021

51' India refer a penalty corner given to Argentina.

07:15 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Oh well, we are back to square one now. Argentina, with their first penalty corner of the game, score the equalizer. Surprisingly too, they are looking a much better unit and are distributing the ball more easily. Are India letting their guard down now? 

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48' India 1-1 Argentina

Casella equalises from the penalty corner! This game has lit up now!

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47' Penalty corner for Argentina.

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30 seconds into the quarter and India win possession and penetrate that circle straightaway. Intention crystal clear here. 

07:10 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Kick off. Fourth quarter.

07:06 (IST)29 JUL 2021

A handful of penalty corners for India, but they fail to score on either one, just as the third quarter whistle blows. A very entertaining quarter this one, and India finally have that breakthrough to take the lead. Their strategy still hasn't changed and I doubt it will going ahead into the final quarter too. 

One of the many penalty corners for India does the trick, but the four at the end reaps no benefits. India will continue and aim to score another goal or two, to improve their goal difference and have a safety net, just in case Argentina somehow pull one back. 

Just the last 15 minutes of the game to go, and India deserve the win without a doubt. Let's hope they keep things as they are and are able to score more, without conceding. 

07:06 (IST)29 JUL 2021

That's the end of an exciting third quarter. India 1-0 Argentina.

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That's the fourth penalty corner on the rebound!

What is going on?? The Argentine keeper makes a brilliant save and keeps his side's hopes alive with that! 

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A third penalty corner on the rebound. 5 seconds left in the quarter.

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Another penalty corner on the rebound.

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45' Penalty corner for India.

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And there's that stubborn goal that just never seemed to be coming for India, but a brilliant referral for the penalty corner that has lead to this goal. A good penalty corner taken, chipped to the right of the keeper who finally lets one go past him. 

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43' India 1-0 Argentina
GOALLLL! Varun Kumar breaks the deadlock!

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Argentina breakthrough and miss a golden chance, a one on one with Sreejesh, and Sreejesh does brilliantly well to charge down the pitch and dive in front of a hurried shot. India escape here, but a goal is what they need. 

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The decision is upheld. Penalty corner for India.

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India appeal for a penalty corner.

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43' Shreejesh makes a brilliant one on one save when Argentina counterattacked.

06:57 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Two penalty corners for India, but the Argentinians still hold fort. Grit and determination from the backline of Argentina as they have kept everything out so far. 

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42' India 0-0 Argentina

Rupinder's shot from the penalty corner is way above the post.

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Another penalty corner on the rebound.

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41' Penalty corner for India! First of the match.

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40' Umpire stays with his decision. The play goes on at 0-0.

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A referral for Argentina for penalty corner.

06:51 (IST)29 JUL 2021

Argentina manage a rara attack on counter but have been dealt with quite easily as the defenders keep the ball out and regain possession. 

06:49 (IST)29 JUL 2021

The circle penetrations for India has been 20 as compared to 2 for Argentina. Tells a lot about today's game.

06:48 (IST)29 JUL 2021

A couple of terrific chances for India, literally passing the ball close to the goal, but unable to penetrate that final defence line and the keeper behind them. 

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India have resumed where they left off, with an aggressive approach in search of that first goal, which still seems a dream. Argentina's defence have had a lot of work to do throughout the game, and even this quarter they have been tested. 
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