A 2-0 loss to the Netherlands here Friday in the women's field hockey final of the 2012 London Olympics left the Argentine squad with its second silver medal in 12 years.

Anxious to give departing captain Luciana Aymar a fitting send-off, the Argentines were outmatched by a Dutch squad intent on defending its status as reigning Olympic champions.

Aymar, who turned 35 on Friday, had a good scoring opportunity just before the intermission, but Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek stopped the shot.

The Europeans came out strong after the break and a lost ball by Aymar set up a penalty-corner for the Netherlands. Though Argentine keeper Florencia Mutio blocked the initial shot from Eva de Goede, Carlien Dirkse put away the rebound to give the Dutch a 1-0 lead.

A second goal nine minutes later sealed the triumph for the Dutch, who avenged their loss to Argentina in the 2010 world championships. EFE