Argentina, Australia advance in women's field hockey

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Reigning world champions Argentina defeated Japan 3-1 in the second round of matches in the Olympic women's field hockey tournament.

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Reigning world champions Argentina defeated Japan 3-1 in the second round of matches in the Olympic women's field hockey tournament today, but it was far from easy. In the other morning match, Australia pulled off a 3-0 victory over South Africa. Argentina took a 19th-minute lead with a field goal from Ines Arrondo, but Japan's Rika Komazawa struck back 10 minutes later to take the teams in level at half-time. In the second half, however, Argentina took control of the match. Agustina Soledad Garcia scored in the 37th minute, and Marina Emilce di Giacomo put the match beyond Japan's reach in the 58th minute. The win puts Argentina top of Pool A, while Japan is yet to take a point. "I think in the best half Japan played better. Their athletes had more dominance over the game," said Argentina's coach, Sergio Vigil. "In the second half ... the players had more possession of the ball and felt more secure." In pool B, Australia picked up its first win against a South Africa team that was unable to capitalise on its chances to score. Julie Towers gave the Australians the lead in the 28th minute, and Louise added a second shortly before the break. Peta Gallagher made it 3-0 with a rebounded shot in the 59th minute. (AP)

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