Incredible Green Machine Olympic Journey Comes To An End
Ireland 2 (J Jermyn, S O’Donoghue) Argentina 3 (G Peillat 2, J Saladino)
Ireland’s Rio road came to a heart-breaking conclusion in Deodoro as Argentina eventually won a huge battle of wills with Gonzalo Peillat’s 51st minute drag-flick proving the defining moment.
Needing a win to progress to the quarter-final in their first Olympic Games since 1908, Shane O’Donoghue’s equaliser with 10 minutes left raised serious hopes of an incredible victory against the world number seven side.
But, within 46 seconds, Argentina won another penalty corner and Peillat fired home his sixth goal of the competition to crush Irish hopes.