Champions Trophy: Argentina, China draw 3-3

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> World Cup winners Argentina and defending champions China drew 3-3 at the Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in Sydney.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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World Cup winners Argentina and defending champions China played to a 3-3 draw on Sunday in a second-day match at the Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in Sydney, Australia. In the final match of the day, Kim Mi-seon's second goal of the game in the final minute gave South Korea a 2-1 win over England, leaving England with a 0-2 record. China led three times before settling on a 3-3 draw which revealed the Chinese are no one-tournament wonder. Agustina Garcia's goal in the 69th minute levelled the score for Argentina after Ma Yibo had given China the lead for the third time seven minutes earlier. Tang Chunling and Fu Baorong scored the other Chinese goals while Luciana Aymar and captain Magdalena Aicega got on the scoresheet for Argentina. Both teams had won their opening matches on Saturday. A goal from Carmel Bakurski in the opening minute, good stickwork from Australian captain Katrina Powell that led to her goal in the 42nd minute and a strong defence featured in the Australian win over the number-two-ranked Netherlands. The Dutch had one goal disallowed and missed converting two penalty corners in the first half while both teams struggled to keep possession in midfield. Janneke Schopman converted a penalty stroke to pull the Netherlands back into the contest in the 49th minute, but that was as close as they came because of the strong Australian defence. Afterwards, Dutch coach Marl Lammers said Australia was the team to beat. The final game of the day saw South Korea beat England 2-1 - a second successive defeat for the English after their 5-0 hammering by Australia the day before. Kim Mi-seon opened the scoring for Korea in the 24th minute before England equalised in the 37th minute through Lucille Wright. But Kim, after sustained pressure from the South Koreans in the final 10 minutes, scored the winner with just 37 seconds left. The tournament ends next Sunday with the top two teams from round-robin play meeting for the gold medal. The teams will have a rest day on Monday. (AP)