India thrashes Argentina 4-1

India defeated Argentina 4-1 in their opening match of the four-national hockey tournament at Hamburg on Friday.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Carrying on their recent fine form, India thrashed Argentina 4-1 in their opening match to start the four-nation hockey tournament in Hamburg on a powerful note. India, who recently won a three-nation tournament in Australia, scored twice in each half, with three of their goals coming through penalty corners. Dilip Tirkey opened the account in the sixth minute when he converted a penalty corner. Jugraj Singh scored through another penalty corner in the 26th minute to give India a 2-0 lead, which the team held on to till half-time. Former captain Baljeet Singh Dhillon made it 3-0 in the second half before Argentina scored their only goal through Lombi. Gagan Ajit Singh rounded off the score in the 60th minute by scoring the only field goal for India. Coach Rajinder Singh was extremely happy with his team's performance. "The best thing is that we are playing well consistently. There has been no let up in our performance," he said. "We are still experimenting with our game and I'm very pleased that our strategy is working. Our boys played dominating hockey today," he added. Hosts Germany and Spain are the other two teams in this competition. (PTI)