The Indian under-18 women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the Youth Olympics’ five-a-side competition, going down 2-5 to host Argentina, here. After three successive wins, India lost the toughest match it played in the event, here, on Wednesday night.

Argentina opened the scoring with a seventh-minute goal through Celina Di Santo. India’s Mumtaz Khan equalised soon after in the eighth minute, but the host regained the lead in the 10th minute with a field goal by Sofia Ramallo. Just before the half-time, Reet scored a fine field goal draw level for India.

The second period, however, was totally dominated by Argentina as it showcased brilliant attack that helped it score three back-to-back goals in the 12th, 17th and 19th minute through Sofia, Josefina Rubenacker and Gianella Palet, respectively. The Indian team will now face South Africa in its fifth match of the competition on Thursday.