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Australia eliminated Argentina  from a place in the final with a clinical display registering a 3-1 in the last preliminary round match 



The result meant that the Australians remain undefeated in five matches 


The Australians have been enjoying winning streaks against the Argentinians since the 2012 London Olympics Games. 


They last defeated Argentina 2-1 at the 2017 Orrisa Men’s Hockey World League final in Bhubaneswar, India.


Argentina earned a penalty corner in the ninth minute but Gonzalo Peillat, their most trusted drag-flick specialist, fumbled in the set piece and the first quarter ended scoreless.


The Australians had a great chance to take the lead at the start of the second quarter, but Daniel Beale fired a meekly shot with goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi in his way.


The Rio Olympics champions, however, forced a second penalty in the 21st minute and Peillat drove the ball to the left of goalkeeper Andrew Charter to go 1-0 ahead.


But the Australians were back in the groove five minutes later when Aaron Kleinschmidt restored parity in the side. 


Dylan Waterspoon dazzled his way into the D, took a first aim shot at goal but the ball rebounded off Vivaldi’s pads. An unmarked Kleinschmidt steered the ball into goal.


Argentina were top of their game in the fourth quarter, picking their fifth penalty corner but all the efforts went to waste as Charter, who was voted Man of the Match, stood tall for his heroic acts.


While Argentina dominated the last quarter, it was Australia who did the damage with two quick field goals in the last five minutes of play.


Trent Mitton extended the lead in the 55th minute and Kleinschmidt stretched it to 3-1 a minute later. 



The result ended Argentina’s hopes of a quick entry to the final as their fate now hinges on the Malaysia-England match later in the night.