Argentina will face China for the bronze
ATHENS, Greece -- In a matchup of 2000 medalists, the Netherlands defeated Argentina on penalty strokes after playing to a tie score after regulation and overtime.
Argentina, which won the silver in Sydney, tied the game 2-2 in the 68th minute on when Maria Magdalena Aicega scored off a penalty corner. After 15 minutes of extra time couldn't break the tie, the game progressed to penalty strokes.
Janneke Schopman, Ageeth Boomgaardt, Mijntje Donners and Lieve van Kessel all scored for the Netherlands. Argentina's second shooter, Maria Cecilia Rognoni, missed her shot wide left. With Dutch leading 4-2, Netherlands goalkeeper Clarinda Sinnige made a stick save on Ayelen Iara Stepnik's shot to end it.
The Dutch, who have won bronze medals at the past two Olympics, will face Germany for the gold medal on Thursday. The Germans played China to a scoreless tie and got two saves from Louisa Walter in the penalty-stroke shootout to win. Walter stopped China's second shot from Gao Lihua. All other shooters scored until Nie Yali stopped Franziska Gude on Germany fifth attempt to keep China alive. But Walter saved Zhou Wanfeng on the next shot to advance to the gold medal match.
Argentina will face China for the bronze.
In classification games, New Zealand needed overtime to defeat South Korea. Lisa Walton scored the winner in the 80th minute. New Zealand will face rival Australia on Thursday in the fifth-place game after the Aussies defeated Japan. South Korea and Japan will play for seventh.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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