The Netherlands triumphed over Argentina in back-to-back games ©Getty Images

The Netherlands continued to be a thorn to Argentina as they prevented their opponents from claiming the women’s International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League title by repeating yesterday’s shoot-out heroics at the HC Union.

The two teams, who previously met in the gold medal match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where the Dutch were the victors, were tied at 1-1 before The Netherlands scored three penalties to take a bonus point courtesy of winning the shoot-out.

Initially Argentina would have hoped that they could put their past struggles against their opponents behind them as they looked to wrap up the title with an outright win on The Netherlands’ home pitch.

The first quarter was evenly matched but it was the Dutch who were able to break the deadlock in the second quarter thanks to an effort from Yibbi Jansen.

María Granatto levelled the score in the third quarter, before a goalless fourth quarter meant penalties beckoned.

Two successful penalties from Pien Sanders and another from Jansen was enough to get them over the line.

Agustina Albertarrio and Jimena Cedrés were the players to net for Argentina.

The Netherlands’ bonus point does little to alter the picture in the women’s standings with Argentina on 38 points and the Dutch on 23 points.

The other women’s match saw Spain defeat England 2-0 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.

Xantel Gine and Marta Segú scored for Spain.

In the men’s competition, England’s team experienced a better result at the same location after overcoming South Africa 3-0.

James Albery, Will Calnan and James Gall netted for England.

Elsewhere Belgium beat France 3-1 at the Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp, with Cédric Charlier giving Belgium the lead with a fierce strike before Timothée Clément levelled at 1-1.

All the goals came in the first half, with two penalty corner finishes from Tom Boon securing victory for Belgium.