On the 2nd day of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, Hosts India were defeated 4-2 by Argentina, while Belgium denied a victory to World Champions Australia in a 8 goal thriller. England scored 8 goals past Pakistan (8-2) , as Netherlands also continued winning streak as they defeated their European rivals Germany by 4-1. In comparison to 8 goals on the opening day, which was dominated by European teams, 2nd day turned out to be goal fest having 27 goals scored.
After equalizing twice within a minute from trailing, World Cup Bronze medallists Argentina defeated India thanks to late strikes by Agustin Mazzilli and Joaquin Menini, who capitalized Indian defensive errors. India came up dangerously in the Argentine circle in the early stages but their opening goal was disallowed as the ball hadn’t travelled the required distance before it was brought into the circle and later on in the match, another goal was disallowed as the ball had hit high on the Argentine defender in a PC routine.
Akashdeep deflected in a long pass from Gurjinder Singh in 30th minute to give the hosts lead but Argentina struck in the same minute with Lucas Vila equalising from open play in the same minute. Gurjinder was yet again involved in the earning lead for India, as he converted PC in 37th minute. This time Juan Lopez restored the parity 2-2 again in the same minute. Mazilli’s late strike put India under pressure to equalise but they couldn’t find any reply. Instead, Menini added another one for “Los Leones” to seal the 4-2 victory.
World Champions Australia and Belgium played out an eight goal thriller with the Kookaburras denied victory with the final touch of the match at an overtime Belgian penalty corner. A stunning three goals in five second-quarter minutes from Chris Ciriello, Eddie Ockenden and Jake Whetton saw the Kookaburras race into a 3-0 lead only to find themselves pegged back to 3-2 at half time through goals from Sebastien Dockier and Florent van Aubel.
Flynn Ogilvie’s first international goal restored the two goal deficit but the advantage lasted just one minute before John-John Dohmen made it 4-3. With one second remaining on the clock, Belgium referred an off the ball incident to the video umpire, winning the penalty corner that ultimately allowed them to score a late equaliser.
In the match between Pakistan and England, English side immediately asserted their authority over their opponents in the opening quarter with Barry Middleton’s aerial cross almost setting up Reading’s Tom Carson in the opening moments. Despite dominating the play it took England until the end of the first quarter to break the deadlock. Holcombe’s Nick Catlin played in Alastair Brogdon on the left of the circle and his cross was turned in by Mark Gleghorne. The goal was initially ruled out as the umpire thought it had struck the No14’s body but on video referral the goal was given.
England struck again early in the second quarter, this time Catlin was given space to break into the circle, firing his shot through the legs of goalkeeper Imran Butt to make it 2-0. Two minutes later it was 3-0, as Pakistan struggled to cope with the pace and movement of Bobby Crutchley’s side. Beeston’s Tim Whiteman played a pass into the unmarked David Condon who supplied the finish for 3-0. Middleton’s cross-shot found its way in via the goalkeeper’s pads to make it 4-0. With four minutes to go until the break England won a penalty corner which Ashley Jackson converted with a minimum of fuss to make it 5-0. Gleghorne was kept out by a good save from Butt from another corner and it remained 5-0 at the break.
Pakistan started strongly in the third quarter but were kept at bay by some excellent defending from Iain Lewers who did well to block their forays into the England circle. With 30 seconds left in the quarter England made it 6-0. Adam Dixon took a sideline ball and drove all the way along the baseline one handed, cutting the ball back for a diving Sam Ward to score his third goal in two games for England.
Ali Shan went close at the start of the final quarter but his effort was smothered by Paddy Smith in goal. England broke immediately, Chris Griffiths crossed for Alastair Brogdon to slap in the seventh. Smith was called upon to keep out another Pakistan attack but with 57 minutes gone there was nothing he could do to keep out Muhammed Artslan Qadir’s deflection, making it 7-1. England made it eight just two minutes later. Griffiths drove across the circle and slotted a lovely reverse stick finish in for his first goal for England and although Pakistan scored their second on the stroke of full time through Muhammed Irfan it was England’s day.