Argentina thrash India 3-0 in Hockey World Cup Final opener

Raipur: Penalty corner expert Gonzalo Peillat scored twice to help Argentina claim a 3-0 win over India in the opening match of the men's Hero Hockey World League (HHWL) Final 2015 in Raipur on Friday.

The team coached by Carlos Retegui were in excellent form in the opening two quarters of the match, establishing a 2-0 lead ahead of half time.

Peillat put his side ahead in the 3rd minute of the game with a deflected penalty corner rocket that left Indian shot-stopper P.R. Sreejesh stranded, before Joaquin Menini doubled the lead by scoring a goal from close range.

Despite a powerful Rupinder Pal Singh shot being cleared off the line, Argentina were well worth their lead and continued to play excellent hockey in the third and fourth quarters.

Eventually, a third goal arrived, with Peillat grabbing his second with a penalty corner drag-flick that sailed into the roof of the net in overtime.

Agustin Mazzilli was adjudged Hero Man of the match for his brilliant performance.

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