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Argentina turn up the heat as Irish continue build-up to Rio

By Graham Hamilton

Ireland's men were given another reminder of how difficult it is going to be at next month's Olympic Games when they lost 5-2 to Argentina in Buenos Aires in a build-up game.

Argentina are in Ireland's pool in Rio and showed why they are ranked five places above them with a clinical display. The Irish goals came from Alan Sothern and Kyle Good.

Meanwhile, the Irish U18 boys and girls began their European Championship programmes yesterday in Cork and suffered defeats against Germany and England respectively.

The boys lost 5-0 but should do better when they face the Czech Republic tomorrow (5.45pm) in their next pool game.

The girls went down 3-0 to England, who led 2-0 at the break after scoring twice in the first 17 minutes, as Steven Arbuthnot's squad made a nervous start to the tournament.

The other game in Pool B saw Russia shock Germany with a 3-2 win, illustrating how difficult a task lies ahead for hosts Ireland, who are under pressure to retain their top-flight status.

They face Russia tomorrow (2.30pm).

Finally, the Irish U16s boys and girls completed their Six Nations programmes in Belgium with defeats against Spain.

The boys crashed 6-1 but the girls came close and went down 1-0, the goal coming with 17 minutes remaining.

European U18 Championships (Cork): Boys Pool A: Ireland 0 Germany 5; Belgium 8 Czech Republic 0. Pool B: Netherlands 2 England 2; Spain 5 Italy 2.

Girls Pool A: Netherlands 4 Spain 2; Belgium 7 Poland 0; Pool B: Germany 2 Russia 3; Ireland 0 England 3.

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