Bhubaneswar, 13 December 2014: Peillat fires Los Leones into 5th place playoff. Argentina face the Netherlands inSunday’s 5th place playoff at the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar while England and Belgium will compete for the 7th place. Los Leones won their 5-8 classification match 2-1 against England thanks to a penalty corner strike from Gonzalo Peillat.
Ashley Jackson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a beautiful penalty stroke goal when his flick hit the top left corner of the goal. The stroke had been awarded after Chris Griffiths’ excellent run down the left channel was halted illegally.
England failed to extend their lead later on. Argentina were level on 25 minutes when Gonzalo Peillat fired home a powerful corner flick to the right corner. The set piece was won by Lucas Vila’s innovative run.
The third quarter was scoreless with Jackson seeing his drag-flick being saved on the line and Henry Weir being denied by Manuel Vivaldi. The Argentine goalie parried against Griffith’s attempt shortly afterwards. However, Argentina took their chance to take the lead from a penalty corner flicked in by specialist Peillat.
Speaking post the match England’s Ashley Jackson said “We had so many chances but could not convert. It was very difficult for us because we had to play another game at mid-day. I think the team has done well and generally I’m very happy with the way we played.
Speaking on the loss, England Coach Bobby Crutchley said “Tomorrow, we have to come out and win and that’s what we try and do every game. It was just a frustrating day today where we dominated the game; a lot of good stuff but unfortunately we weren’t able to put the ball in the goal. We had lots of corners and chance from open play. They defend deep with numbers so they make life difficult but we should be able to cope with that and do better”.
Speaking on the win Argentina’s Lucas Vila said “We had to defend a lot and maybe we dropped too far back. But when we led 2-1, we defended it well while our keeper [Juan Manuel Vivaldi] was the man of the match. For the whole year – and his whole career – he has been a really good keeper. This year, he has been spectacular, especially in the World Cup and today you could see that”.