Argentina and Germany squeezed past England and New Zealand respectively by a single goal, Netherlands demolished Australia 3-0 and China drew 2-2 with South Korea on the first day of the women’s Champions Trophy field hockey here Saturday.
Argentina, Germany, Netherlands early winners in Women’s Champions Trophy. It took the magic of Luciana Aymar to secure Argentina’s win.
Aymar, seven-time international player of the year in her record-making 13th Champions Trophy appearance, burst through England’s defence and drove a backstick shot from the left into the right of goal.
Netherlands outplayed Australia in all departments to seal a decisive 3-0 win.
Australia’s best chance came in the first minute as Ashleigh Nelson drove a shot just wide of goal.
Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen converted Netherlands first penalty corner, high into the right of goal followed by a field goal to Lidewij Welten in the first half.
Wieke Dijkstra scored with a backstick drive late in the match.
Germany squeezed past New Zealand with a single penalty corner conversion by Julia Mueller late in the first half.
New Zealand built momentum from a slow start, peppering Germany’s goal late in the first and second halves without result.
China and South Korea drew 2-2 after a scoreless first half followed by Korea taking a 2-0 lead with field goals by Cheon Eun-bi and Kim Jong-hee.
China equalized late in the match with two penalty corner deflection goals to Zhao Yudiao and Mao Weilin.
On Sunday in Pool A, England play South Korea and Argentina meet China.
In Pool B, Australia play New Zealand and Germany meet Netherlands.