The Argentine national team achieved his ninth consecutive victory in the FIH Pro League. The 3-1 win over China consolidated the team in first position.
In their third away appearance in the FIH Pro League, the Lionesses defeated China 3-1 to claim a five-point lead over India at the top of the tournament. After the two narrow victories against Spain, on the same stage in Valencia the team led by Fernando Ferrara showed their superiority over the Asian team, who lost all three games they played and, therefore, closed the positions.
With a good performance in general throughout the 60 minutes, the Argentines achieved the first difference only in the second quarter and after wasting two penalty corners in the first chapter of the match. The 1-0 came through a penalty that Agustina Gorzelany converted in the 20th minute after an infraction against María José Granatto. Beyond the advantage, the team continued to attack and try to take advantage of the speed of the forwards. Thus, Granatto again uneven with his ability and only a foul stopped it. But the fixed Costa Biondi did not have the desired effectiveness.
In the third period China defended a new short well and after another generated by Sauze, Forcherio’s sweep was well defended by the opponents. Argentina insisted and 12 minutes into the second half Agustina Albertarrio scored the second for the team to gain absolute peace of mind with a two-goal lead. Already in the last quarter the winner recovered a ball, counterattacked and after a great individual play Victoria Granatto scored the third at 23. There would only be time for Chen Ling, after an oversight, to decree the final result four minutes from closing.
Argentina will appear again tomorrow at 8.30 in Valencia before the same Chinese. It will be, above all, a good measure to know where a team that does not stop winning is still standing. And to grow.