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Indian women team begn Spain series with 0-3 defeat

Press Trust of India  |  Madrid (Spain) 

In a disappointing start to the series, Indian women team was blanked 0-3 by hosts in the opening match of the five-match series at the Consejo Superior de Deportes Hockey Stadium, here today.

It was an evenly matched encounter between the two teams but the hosts were helped by the efficient finishing shown by (48', 52') and (6') whose goals were enough to secure the victory.

dominated possession in the opening quarter as 26-year-old Bonastre found herself in the right spot to score the opening goal in only the sixth minute.

The hosts looked to add a second goal but India's defence held on throughout the first quarter.

The visitors had chances of their own, but could not produce clear goal-scoring opportunities. Skipper had a glorious chance in the 14th minute but her shot ended up going wide.

started the second quarter fairly well as Anupa Barla's shot in the 19th minute was saved by Spanish The next minute Rani had her second chance of the match but could not get the equalising goal.

were awarded a penalty corner in the 24th minute but the resulting shot went just wide of Two minutes later, the hosts looked to counter and forced a reflex save from Savita, who made sure that the visitors went into the half-time break only a goal down.

The Indian shot-stopper was called into action again at the start of the third quarter when she made a save from a penalty corner. At the other end of the pitch, Rani tried to make amends of the missed opportunities but her shot on goal was saved by

The visitors looked to find an equaliser in the final quarter of the match as they took a more attacking approach and let runners get past the Spanish defenders on the flanks.

However, in an unfortunate turn of events for Sunita Lakra, a common-ball hit her head and the referee decided to give a to the hosts, which was well converted by Riera in the 48th minute.

Four minutes later, Riera was awarded her second goal of the match as her drag-flick from a penalty corner was deflected by Sunita Lakra's stick into the back of the net, giving a 3-0 lead.

India tried to find an opening in the latter stages of the match, but the Spanish ensured comfortable victory with sufficient players behind the ball.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 10:40 IST