Bhubaneswar: India squandered their hard-earned lead on two occasions as they slumped to their second successive defeat losing 2-4 to World Cup bronze medallists Argentina in the Hero Champions Trophy yesterday.
India's VR Raghunath vies for the ball with an Argentine player in Bhubaneshwar
India's perennial problem, their fragile backline hurt them again as their lead didn't even last a minute on both the occasions in the second Pool B match of the day, played in-front of a capacity crowd at the Kalinga Stadium.
For India, Akashdeep Singh (30th) and Gurjinder Singh (37th) scored the goals, while Lucas Villa (30th), Juan Lopez (37th), Gustin Mazzilli (49th) and Joaquin Menini (59th) found the net for the winners.
While Indian forwards created many chances, the defence were chasing shadows on a number of occasions when the Argentines counter-attacked.
The loss was India's second on the trot in the tournament after the close 0-1 defeat against Olympic champions Germany. India will face the Netherlands in their last pool match tomorrow, which will decide their quarter-final opponent, while Argentina will be up against Germany.
Netherlands spank Germany
Meanwhile, World Cup silver medallists, the Netherlands, spanked Olympic champions Germany 4-1 in the much-anticipated clash of Pool B, to register their second successive win.
In a clash between two European giants, the Netherlands dished out a commanding performance to race to 3-0 lead at halftime.