It was a zestful start by India who looked to dominate the first quarter as their young forwards pushed the Argentine defenders to create space in the striking circle.
Talwinder Singh and debut player Sumit Kumar were impressive as they attempted to beat Argentina's experienced goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi early in the match.
India made as many as four circle entries against Argentina's two and it was Sumit Kumar's burst into the baseline that gave Indian supporters hope of a first goal within ten minutes of the match, but Argentine defenders were defiant. Minutes later, a long ball assist to Talwinder was picked up well but he couldn't quite make an effective connect to put it past Vivaldi.
Though India did well to limit Argentina's shots on goal, an infringement in the Indian circle helped Isidoro Ibarra earn Argentina the first penalty corner of the match. With world-class dragflicker Gonzalo Peillat in their ranks, giving away penalty corner meant trouble for India.
It was penalty corners that Argentina rallied on and it didn't help India's cause when they conceded another penalty corner in the 24th minute. The mistake was punished by Peillat yet again as he broke no sweat to convert. A diving Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak could do little to save the powerful dragflick.
Two minutes later, India won three back-to-back penalty corners. After the first two attempts had to be re-taken due to infringement, India were third-time lucky as Amit Rohidas improvised on Ramandeep Singh's injection, keeping low, finding the left pocket of the net.
The 26th-minute goal narrowed the deficit to 1-2 and India did well in the following minutes to keep Argentine forwards in the hunt. Though they forced India to make an error in the circle, winning yet another penalty corner in the 27th minute, the attempt was brilliantly blocked by India's first runner.
Coming into the third quarter, India struck early as forward Sumit Kumar was aggressive in the baseline to fetch India their fourth penalty corner of the match. Previous goal scorer Amit Rohidas made no mistake as he converted in similar fashion giving India the much needed 2-2 equalizer in the 31st minute. It was all about penalty corners for Argentina as Peillat struck his third goal in the 34th minute taking Argentina's lead to 3-2.
With rain trickling down in the fourth quarter, memories of India's semi-final match against Argentina at the Odisha men's Hockey World League final was brought to the fore. India had lost 0-1 as they couldn't play their natural high-paced game on a rain-soaked pitch.
Though India fought till the final hooter just like they did in Bhubaneswar after the match restarted following a 45-minute delay due to thunder storm, their desperate attempts to score went in vain with Argentina keeping the lead.