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Argentina Outclasses Belgium, Wins First Ever Field Hockey Gold Medal

baclofen no rx, online Zoloft. Argentina took home the men’s field hockey gold medal after a 4-2 victory over Belgium in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games final at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 19. The title also allowed the South Americans to match their best gold haul at the Olympics of three, which was last achieved in 1948.

Agustin Mazzilli, left, and Manuel Brunet celebrate after scoring a late goal to clinch the gold medal for Argentina.
Agustin Mazzilli, left, and Manuel Brunet celebrate after scoring a late goal to clinch the gold medal for Argentina.

Belgium, who were playing their first final, opened their account after two minutes and 35 seconds when Tanguy Cosyns redirected a sublime pass from Loick Luypaert to beat the Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi.

Argentina hit back towards the end of the quarter with a penalty corner, when tournament-leading scorer Gonzalo Peillat feigned to shoot but dished the ball for captain Pedro Ibarra to fire home and level the score at 1-1.

Argentina took the lead with 41 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Ignacio Ortiz scored a field goal, before Peillat claimed his 11th goal of the tournament, this time opting to shoot from a penalty corner and powering the ball through Belgium’s defence to give his side a 3-1 advantage.

Belgium were starved of scoring opportunities for most of the third, until Gauthier Boccard chipped and dribbled the ball through the attacking circle past three Argentina defenders, before smashing a half-volley into the bottom corner of the goal to send Belgium into the final break 3-2 down.

With 16 seconds until full-time, Augustin Mazzilli guaranteed the gold when he tapped into an empty net. “I think maybe it’s going to help a lot in men’s hockey in Argentina,” said Mazzilli. “The women’s team did everything really, really good the whole time (they won four gold medals).

“So we need now to increase our level in hockey in men’s so I hope everyone is watching this and we can play with more payers in Argentina.” In an interesting incident, the Argentinian squad also included the Belgian cycling legend Eddie Merckxas grandson – Luca Masso, although he played just six minutes in the final.

Belgium’s coach from New Zealand Shane McLeod said his team made too many errors at crucial times. “I think later on we’ll reflect a bit more and be very proud of what we’ve done but you always wanna win that last game and we just did too many things wrong today,” he said.

“It’s a pity. That’s sport.” The result was still Belgium’s best finish in men’s hockey at an Olympics, after their previous best third place finish at the Antwerp Games in 1920.

Earlier, two-time defending champions Germany overpowered the Netherlands in a shootout to claim the bronze after a 1-1 finish level at the end of normal time.

The bronze was particularly pleasing for Mats Grambusch, who was playing alongside his brother Tom. “To get an Olympic medal is probably one of the biggest things in the world, and getting a medal with your brother is indescribable,” said Mats.

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