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July 17, 2022 — Inside the FIH Women’s World Cup final

This afternoon, the current Olympic champion Holland will meet Argentina in a rematch of last August’s Olympic final. As such, there is an expectation that the Albicelestes may have a better chance to win today’s game because of lessons learned from last year’s 3-1 defeat.

Here’s our worm’s-eye view of the final:

ARGENTINA: Key players: Belen Succi, g; Agustina Gorzelany, d; Rocio Sanchez Moccia, m; Maria Jose Granatto, f; Delfina Thome

HOLLAND: Marloes Keetels, m; Frederique Matla, f; Freeke Moes, f; Eva de Goede, m; Lidewij Welten, f

ARGENTINA WINS THIS GAME IF: They can recover quickly from their semifinal shootout win over Germany. Mind you, it’s not like soccer, where a shootout comes only after 30 minutes of extra time; they haven’t played overtime in world hockey in a decade

HOLLAND WINS THIS GAME IF: They are not too overconfident. This is the seventh consecutive FIH World Cup final the Dutch have appeared in; you can pretty much count on your hotel reservations for the final if Holland is in a tournament

THE SKINNY: Argentina has scored more goals coming into the final than Holland has. And that’s even with the retirements of Carla Rebecchi and Noel Barrionuevo in the last few years. Both teams have prominent players who will exit the international stage after today’s final, as Belen Succi and Marloes Keetels have announced their impending retirements.