Argentina clinches second junior hockey WC title

Lautaro Domene struck a hat-trick as a determined Argentina stunned six-time champion Germany 4-2 to clinch its second FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

Domene converted three penalty corners in the 10th, 25th and 50th minute, while Franco Agoistini (60th) scored a field goal just seconds from the final hooter to hand Argentina its second title. Julius Hayner (36th) and Mas Pfandt (47th) were the goal getters for Germany.

Argentina had earlier won the title way back in 2005 in Rotterdam where it defeated Australia 2-1. The Argentines were by far the better side on display in the first quarter as they dominated the game by pressing hard on the German defence.