|June 22nd, 2013|
|2||Pool A||2:00pm||ARG - USA||1 - 0 (0 - 0)||Final||x 2|
Argentina – USA 1-0 (0-0 halftime)
Argentina’s World League campaign started off with a whimper as they looked far from a World #2 team in a slim 1-0 win against tenth-ranked USA. While Argentina was clearly off their game, credit must be given to the Americans who stuck to their game plan and held Las Leonas scoreless.
It was a murky return for Luciana Aymar, making her first appearance in a major event after sitting out due to injury for several months. She was still a force to be reckoned with, but the longer the game wore on the more the frustration of not being able to score showed on the purple-clad Argentines’ faces.
It wasn’t until there was just over two minutes on the clock that Argentina scored the game-winner, and only goal, of the game. Rosario Luchetti got her stick on a penalty corner flick and deflected the ball into the net to save the three points for Argentina.
It seems USA can do what many other top world teams can’t – stifle Argentina. The Americans earned their berth to the 2012 Olympics after upsetting Argentina in the Pan American Cup and one year later, they nearly did the same on the opening day of the Investec Hockey World League in London.
The game closed a low-scoring debut day for the teams in Group A. China and Italy combined for three goals in the earlier group match. The Chinese and Argentina now share possession of first place in Group A with three points. They are trailed by the U.S., and Italy with zero points after the first day of action.
|June 22nd, 2013 at 8:14 am||LONDON: Get ready for Game 2 or World League action in London. A Pan Am meeting between Argentina and USA|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 8:30 am||LONDON: The Americans are doing a good job of frustrating Argentina, we're still scoreless with just over 10 minutes to go in the half|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 8:43 am||LONDON: It's two big donuts on the scoreboard at the half between USA and Argentina. The London rain has greeted the two teams|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am||LONDON: Five minutes into the second half between Argentina and USA and the teams still have nothing to show for their efforts|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 am||LONDON: USA continues to hold world #2 Argentina in check. With 14 minutes left in the game, it's still 0-0|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 am||LONDON: With just over two minutes to go in the game, Argentina takes the 1-0 win when Luchetti deflects the pc goal in|
|June 22nd, 2013 at 9:31 am||LONDON: Argentina dodges a major bullet and comes out with a 1-0 win against the United States.|