Women Hockey: Argentina, Germany win matches

BERLIN: Australia slumped to a 2-1 loss to Argentina and Germany won 2-1 over Japan at the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament at Moenchengladbach in Germany.
Argentina scored from its fourth penalty chance, Noel Barrionuevo putting a one-bounce flick to the left of Australia goalkeeper Rachel Imison to lead 1-0 at the break. Megan Rivers equalised for Australia with a deft goal inside the left post from an in-bound pass by Madonna Blyth near the right backline seven minutes into the second half.

But Rosario Luchetti converted Argentina's fifth penalty corner to pull the South Americans clear once again. Australia's equaliser from a penalty corner with 13 minutes on the clock was disallowed.

In another match hosts Germany fought hard to win 2-1 over Japan from a scoreless first half.

Anke Kuhn pushed in a goal from in front of the left post 5 minutes into the second half, finishing Janne Moeller-Weiland's move along the right backline to get the pass in to Kuhn.

Natascha Keller drove a backstick shot from the left of the circle off a long pass from Fanny Rinne to inspire Japan to go for the equaliser in the last 14 minutes.

Japan's intense pressure brought a goal to Chie Kimura with 10 minutes to play and Japan almost over-powered Germany with speed, skill and most of possession in attack but could not get the equaliser.