Japan earned their first 3 points of the tournament in an exciting, if not particularly high class, match. With both teams at the bottom of Pool A, today's match was about obtaining a good position outside of the Semi-finals.
Japan had most of the possession at the beginning though Argentina were able to create more scoring opportunites, finding two short corners through Paredes and M. Vila.
Japan found the opening goal in the 7th minute in perhaps their first good chance of the match. A Ito, wide open in the D, received a pass from Tsoubouchi in the middle, and had no problem finding his target. Just 5 minutes later, Yoshida missed his opportunity to extend Japan's lead with a penalty stroke.
In the minutes to follow, Japan was clearly the stronger team. However, Argentina were still able to take the lead before half time. Paredes, first, played the ball in to M. Vila in the D, who was able to find the equaliser from his second shot on goal. Then, after just 3 minutes, R. Vila was able to deflect the shot from a short corner into the back of the net.
So, Argentina went into half time in the lead, despite barely finding a way into the match through much of the first half.