Agustin Mazzilli and Gonzalo Peillat scored a brace each but Olympic champions Argentina were made to dig deep to eke out a 4-3 win over Spain in their Pool A match of the hockey World Cup here Thursday.
The Los Leones had to dish out every trick from their arsenal to get the better of a fighting Spanish side, which matched their rivals in every department throughout.
Spain restored their lead in the 14th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Josep Romeu.
It was end-to-end battle as Mazzilli (15th minute) again came to Argentina's rescue, equalising 45 seconds from the first quarter after receiving a pass from Lucas Villa on the left side.
Just seconds away from the first break of the match, Argentina scored again when dragflick specialist Peillat (15t) converted a penalty corner with precision to hand his side the lead for the first time in the game.
Both the teams played with same intensity and pace in the second quarter but failed to find the net.
Five minutes after the change of ends, Spain equalised through Vicenc Ruiz's (35th) field strike.
The match went on similar lines in the fourth and final quarter with both Argentina and Spain pressing hard for more goals to secure full three points.
But it were the Argentines who succeeded in their effort when Peillatwas was again bang on target from another penalty corner in the 49th minute.
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