Harpal Singh Bedi 

Bhubaneswar,5 December:  Riding on penalty corner expert Lautaro Domene’s hattrick   Argentina stunned favourite  Germany 4-2 to regain the Junior  Hockey World Cup after 16-years at Kalinga stadium here on Sunday tonight.

The six-time champions surprisingly put up a very tentative and nervous show and muffed some easy chances while the 2005 winners held their nerves and played to a plan to overrun their opponent.Apart from Lautaro Domene, the fourth goal for the winner was scored by Franco Agostini while  Julius Hayner and Masi Pfandt chipped in with a goal each for the losersArgentina surged into the lead in the 10th minute as Lautaro Domene converted the first penalty corner which his team earned (1-0).The goal created panic in the  German side and they clearly displayed their desperation while trying for an equaliser. Pushing too hard for a goal, Germany’s Julius Hayner mistakenly hit Joaquin Toscani with his stick on the latter’s forehead. Toscani started bleeding from the injured right side of his forehead while Hayner was shown a yellow card by the umpire.

Minutes later,  Germany striker Maximilian Siegburg missed a good opportunity. After receiving the ball inside the striking circle, he failed to find the back of the net. 

After that, the Argentinians crowded their defence to foil the rival attacks The  Latin American champions earned their second penalty corner in the 24th minute and Lautaro once again scored to make it 2-0.

The Germans fought back furiously and reduced the margin in the 36th minute when Julius Hayner scored off a rebound after Argentina goalkeeper Neuhen Hernando failed to clear the ball properly. (1-2) 

Buoyed by Hayner’s goal, the Germans launched an all-out attack but  could not breach the rival defence. On the other hand, Argentina retaliated and produced some good attacks. Francisco Ruiz missed a clear opportunity to put the ball at the back of the net after he failed inside the striking circle in the 41st minute.

Germany was awarded three back to back penalty corners and Masi Pfandt converted the last one. The equalizer came in the 47th minute (2-2), 

Germany’s joy was short-lived as three minutes later, Argentina regained the lead as  Lautaro Domene got the goal for his side once again (3-2). Franco Agostini sealed the match and Cup for Argentina with the fourth goal for Argentina.