BHUBANESWAR, India (AFP) – Argentina condemned Olympic gold-medallists Germany to their second loss in three games with an emphatic 3-0 victory in the Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in India on Tuesday.
Skipper Matias Paredes, Joaquin Menini and Ignacio Ortiz scored for the Pan-American champions, who ended the preliminary league with two wins and one defeat in pool B of the eight-nation competition in Bhubaneswar.
Paredes said he wanted his team to maintain the momentum when the knock-out phase starts on Thursday. A disappointed German captain Tobias Hauke hoped his young team would perform better in the matches to come.
Meanwhile, England and Belgium played out a 1-1 draw to remain the only unbeaten teams in pool A that also includes five-time defending champions Australia and Pakistan.
Amaury Keusters put the Belgians ahead in the ninth minute with a powerful backhand hit, but Iain Lewers drew level in the fourth quarter with a similar shot from the top of the circle.
England topped the pool with two wins and a draw, while Belgian ensured themselves the second spot with one victory and two draws.