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Argentina secure series win over Black Sticks

Argentina secure series win over Black Sticks

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<p>Hosts Argentina have taken a series win following Monday's 2-0 result over the Vantage Black Sticks Women</p>
<span><em>Photo: Hernan Pablo Barrios</em><br>
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Hosts Argentina have taken a series win following their 2-0 result over the Vantage Black Sticks Women in Monday's fifth test in Buenos Aires.<br>
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The Kiwis put in a tough defensive effort for most of the game but Argentina stunned the Black Sticks with two goals in one minute late in the fourth quarter.<br>
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Argentina were buoyed by a vocal home crowd in a clash which served as the final outing for retiring player Carla Rebecchi.<br>
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Black Sticks defender Brooke Neal brought up her 100<sup>th</sup> international cap during the match.<br>
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Following a scoreless first half, Maria Granatto lit up the score board in the 41<sup>st</sup> minute with a deflection beating Sally Rutherford in goal.<br>
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Straight from push back Argentina grabbed a turnover which allowed Rebecchi to receive the ball unopposed and smash home.<br>
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Assistant coach Sean Dancer said his side were troubled by some defensive errors while Argentina were clinical in their finishing.<br>
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“We did not start the game at the level required, but to the girls’ credit managed to take it up a gear,” he said.<br>
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“We worked hard and created some good chances, but we need to be better with a few errors costing us. Congratulations to Argentina on the series win and to Rebecchi on her excellent career.”<br>
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The Black Sticks play Argentina in the sixth and final match at 10:00am on Wednesday morning (NZ time), with the <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/SQYKrcmFbP7">game streamed live online</a><br>
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<a href="http://hockeynz.co.nz/Events/Full-Events-Listing/vantage-black-sticks-women-vs-argentina-1">CLICK HERE for more on the Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Argentina</a><br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 0</strong><br>
<strong>ARGENTINA 2: </strong>(Maria Granatto, Carla Rebecchi)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> 0-0<br>
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