The 13th ranked Proteas looked rather shell-shocked during the opening salvos of the match but got their tails up going into the half-time break with a 1-0 advantage.
They managed to get through the first quarter unscathed before they scored courtesy of a Bernie Coston goal in the 28th minute.
The South Americans went into the break frustrated after they could not convert the pressure they exerted in the first half. By the end of the first 30 minutes, they had made five shots at goal, compared to South Africa’s two. They also made 20 circle penetrations to 10 with nothing to show for their efforts.
While South Africa were growing in confidence, Argentina continued to apply goal-box pressure with the Proteas defence holding firm.
The match swung in Argentina’s favour when they were awarded a penalty in the 41st minute with Noel Barrionuevo obliging to level the scores.