CHN V ARG ( Pool B ) Hockey World League Final Rosario 2015

CHN
3 - 1
ARG

Match Review CHN - ARG 3-1

Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
Watch clips from the China - Argentina game at the…Posted December 8, 2015
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Argentina were rocked by a Chinese team that beat them 3-1 in a classy exhibition of energetic, skilful and determined hockey.

While Argentina made the brighter start, it was China who were soon sending perfect passes whizzing over the pitch and making in-roads against the Argentina defence with their speedy running and innovative play. Maria Granatto nearly gave host nation Argentiina the perfect start as she skied a ball just over the cross bar in the third minute of the game.

Wu Qiong then made a perfect cross pitch pass that signalled China's intention to take the game to Argentina. Cui Qiuxia was playing her usual hard working and creative role while all around her the Chinese team looked to press the Argentine defence.

The Chinese signature style is to defend deep and then counter quickly and it was just such a move that led to the opening goal. It was Wang Mengyu (22')who slammed home a penalty corner at head height past Belen Succi in the Argentina goal.

The Chinese were on the attack again just a few minutes later when Zhang Xiaoxue displayed a tremendous burst of speed to get behind the usually impenetrable Argentine defence. Her shot was countered by Succi, and the defence recovered to clear it and the danger.

As the half drew towards its end, Argentina won a series of penalty corners but the Chinese defence stood firm. Firstly Li Dongxaio, the Chinese 'keeper made a fine save to deny Carla Rebecchi, then De Jiaojiao was out at top speed to deal with a shot from Agustina Albertarrio that was rocketing on route to goal.

The second half began with Argentina setting out to break down the Chinese defence. A swift attacking move up the left resulted in a penalty corner which Noel Barriounuevo converted with precision.

The stadium of passionate Las Leonas fans could have been forgiven that this was the moment that Argentina would grab the game, but China continued to push forwards. Zhao Yudiao (39') was the grateful recipient of a pass after Zhang Xiaoxue's amazing run left the Argentina defence chasing shadows.

If that created unrest among the Argentina side, what happened next stunned the whole stadium. Yu Qian (42') picked up the ball to the left of Succi's goal and hit the ball into the far right of the goal with stunning precision.

A frenetic final 15 minutes started with the Argentina team pushing forwards in numbers. They peppered the Chinese goal, but this was a day that Li was in fantastic form in goal and she parried shot after shot. The best save came from a high shot from Delfina Merino. Merino then caught the rebound and shot millimetres wide of the post. Sun Xiao then followed her goalkeeper's example, batting a shot off the line as Granatto attempted to get her side back into the match.

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
CHN 22 2 WANG Mengyu PC 1 - 0
ARG 32 27 BARRIONUEVO Noel PC 1 - 1
CHN 39 21 ZHAO Yudiao FG 2 - 1
CHN 42 27 YU Qian FG 3 - 1

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
ARG 14 16 HABIF Florencia G
CHN 49 7 CUI Qiuxia G

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 McCLEAN Ayanna
Umpire 2 YAMADA Emi
Reserve Umpire MEISTER Michelle
Video Umpire BLOCK Frances
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 AKII-BUA Nataki
Technical Officer TAKEDA Alicia
  • Match 10
  • Date Tue, 8 Dec 2015
  • Time 16:30
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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