Argentina claim title with Belgium win over India
The Belgian women bounced back on Saturday to beat India 2-1 to clear the way for Argentina in the 2021-22 Women’s FIH Pro League. India, who sat second in the nine-team table, needed to win all of their remaining matches to claim the title, but their loss meant that Argentina would now be crowned champions at the end of the edition. (More hockey news)
India, Argentina’s only challenger, had 22 points to their name with six games remaining before the first leg against Belgium. They were 16 points behind Argentina. However, their 2-1 defeat against Belgium now allows them to have a maximum of 37 points, which will still be one less than that of Argentina, who are two games less.
Speaking of Saturday’s game, Belgium took an early lead before doubling the lead in the 35th minute. India scored a goal early in the final quarter, but Belgium held on to clear them away from an equalizer late in the game.
The team managed by Savita Punia will then face Belgium in the second leg on Sunday before playing against Argentina and the United States for two matches each.
Other Saturday results
The Dutch maintained their victory as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat a German side who were exciting on the counter-attack but simply couldn’t stop the raging Dutch side.
Spain and the United States could not be separated in game time, but Spain’s recent experiences in penalty shoot-outs gave the European side the lead and they walked away with the point of bonuses.
(With contributions from the FIH)