Gonzalo Peillat, El Hacha, the best specialist in penalty kicks, gave victory to Argentina in their first field hockey match against Spain (4-3). It was a very open match, with alternatives, with an intense dominance of the Spanish team in the second half. But the mastery of Peillat in the execution of the penalti corners was lethal for the selection that directs the French Frederic Soyez.
Enrique Gonzalez opened the scoring very early for Spain, but immediately responded Agustín Mazzili, who returned to balance the balance after the second Spanish goal achieved by Josep Romeu. And almost immediately, in minute 15, Gonzalo Peillat converted a penalty corner that put the Olympic champions ahead, 3-2.
Spain corrected some details in their attack game and dominated during the second half. Vicenç Ruiz managed to tie three goals in a shot at point-blank range after a ball repelled by the stick.
In the 49th minute, another penalty corner was taken again by Gonzalo Peillat, with a very hard shot and towards the left corner of the frame defended by Quico Cortés, who, like the Spanish defender who defended the club, could not do anything. ç
Argentina again defeated Spain as it did in the quarterfinal match two years ago in Rio, where it ended up proclaiming Olympic champion. In the Bhubaneswar World Cup, the first of each group is classified directly for the quarterfinals, and the second and third dispute a round of eighth finals. Spain must play on Monday against France and on Thursday, against New Zealand.