The spectators in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium witnessed a competitive first half with both teams fighting hard to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table. Facundo Callioni (16’), playing his 100th cap for Argentina, opened the scoring in the middle of the first half when his skilful backhand stroke defeated Tim Jessulat in the German goal.
However, the Olympic champions provided a quick response when Benjamin Wess struck back from open play. At halftime the score was tight at 1-1.
The second half saw Argentina battling hard for another goal but the Lions couldn’t break through the German defence. In fact, the next goal was scored by Germany’s Tobias Matania (60’) against the run of play. Argentina continued to play at a high tempo but couldn’t turn pressure into goals.
Carlos Retegui, Coach of Team Argentina said, “Team played well but somewhere we lost the momentum. There were some good chances which the team could not convert. It is also very difficult to play in different weather conditions. We had different weather everyday. But we are going back happy as it was a good tournament and gave a chance to play against all the biggies in the world.”
Markus Weise, Coach of Germany Team said, “ It was a strange game with referees being stringent in implying the rules and giving too many cards at a time. We had a good first half though we could not really convert the chances of grey corners. But in the second half we had our grip on the game especially in the last twenty minutes of the game which pulled us out.”