10 January 2014, New Delhi: Argentina pulled first upset of the tournament and year by defeating the Netherlands 5-2 after entering as lowest ranked team in Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi. Earlier in the day, Australia defeated Belgium 3-2 in the first of the tournament and Pool B.
The Argentine intent was signaled when they took the lead in just the second minute of the game through a penalty corner, which top scorer Gonzalo Peillat slotted away.
The Netherlands responded immediately with an equally well-taken penalty corner from penalty corner specialist Mink van der Weerden (5′).
Three minutes later Argentina reclaimed the lead with a diving conversion by Facundo Callioni (8′)
The remainder of the first half was quiet in comparison, with both sides taking a cagey approach.
And these defensive tactics continued for the first 15 minutes of the second half. It was the Netherlands who broke the deadlock in the second half when Seve van Ass (50′) leveled for the Netherlands. The son of the national coach, Paul van Ass, scored with a reverse stick shot from wide left of the goal.
Six minutes later and Los Leones re-gained their advantage when first Pedro Ibarra (56′) shot home from open play and then Guido Barriedes (60′) scored a beautifully-taken goal following sustained Argentine pressure.
Argentina further extended their lead when they were awarded and converted a penalty stroke. The scorer on was Juan Ignacio Gilardi (67′)
Speaking on the win Argentina Coach Carlos Retegui said “today’s outcome is the result of hard work, dedication, conviction and collective group effort displayed by the boys. We are here to win against the best and today’s start was what we had planned”.
Speaking on loosing against Argentina, Paul Ass, Netherlands Coach said “we did not display our level of hockey today and the defense let us in. our speed was at as par as the opponents and they played exceptionally well today”.