Great Britain Men stunned Argentina, winning 5-1 in Rosario to move into third place in the FIH Pro League, level with Belgium on percentage points.
The first quarter was scoreless but both goalkeepers needed to be on their mettle, Juan Vivaldi keeping out three shots in succession whilst George Pinner managed to save a wicked deflection safely.
The deadlock was broken when Surbiton’s Alan Forsyth, who came on from the subs bench, had a shot which resulted in a penalty stroke award. Forsyth stayed calm to slot the ball past Vivaldi and put Great Britain ahead in the 20th minute.
Six minutes later, Surbiton’s Brendan Creed injected the ball from GB’s first penalty corner to allow Sam Ward to double GB’s lead in emphatic fashion.
Surbiton’s Zach Wallace came close to adding a third goal just before half time, but the whistle has already blown for an Argentinian free hit.
Argentina fell further behind in the 37th minute, Phil Roper finishing near the right post after Ward forced a save. Argentina pulled a goal back when Matias Paredes, left unmarked beat Surbiton’s Harry Gibson, who had replaced Pinner at half time.
Things got worse for Argentina at the end of the third quarter when they lost their video referral trying to force a penalty corner.
Trailing 3-1 late in the game, Argentina chose to withdraw Paredes and play with eleven outfield players with the kicking back rule rescinded. GB took full advantage, Forsyth scoring their fourth goal in the 56th minute and Roper adding a fifth goal a minute later as GB ran riot.
With a four goal advantage, GB were unlucky to lose their video referral as Argentina forced their only penalty corner of the match in the penultimate minute with an Argentinian forward seemingly having swung his stick in a dangerous manner. GB defended well and ran out the clock to complete a famous win on Argentinian soil.
Creed and Wallace were in the starting lineup. Forsyth, who was named Player of the Match, came on as a third minute substitute, followed by James Gall a minute later.
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