Argentina turned the form book upside down with a stunning 1-0 upset of reigning Olympic champions Germany in the Hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium here on Tuesday.
The all-important goal in the fast-paced encounter came in the 31st minute from Manuel Brunet, who scooped the ball from an acute angle on the left. The ball ended in the net just inside the far post, to the surprise of German goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi.
The result opened up Group B, which also features hosts and Olympic silver medalists The Netherlands and New Zealand, who rode on Andy Hayward's three-goal act to hammer South Africa 5-0 for their second successive victory.
New Zealand now have six points from two games while The Netherlands have three from their first match. Germany have three points from two matches, having beaten South Africa in their last outing. Argentina lost 1-3 to The Netherlands in their first game, but today gained full three points.
In the second league game Marcus Child scored before Hayward got into his penalty-corner conversion act to slam the ball twice in the space of three minutes in the 15th and 17th minutes.
Shea McAleese scored on a penalty corner in the 52nd minute before Hayward returned to complete his three-goal tally two minutes later.