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Black Sticks beaten by Spain in third test

Black Sticks beaten by Spain in third test

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<p>Three unanswered goals have helped hosts Spain to a 3-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Women</p>
<span>Three unanswered goals have helped hosts Spain to a 3-1 win over the Vantage Black Sticks Women in the third test in Barcelona.<br>
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The Kiwis opened the scoring in through a 10<sup>th</sup> minute Kelsey Smith field goal before Spain fought back to take control.<br>
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Two quick-fire penalty corner goals in the second quarter from Lola Riera and Maria Lopez gave the hosts a 2-1 halftime lead before Belen Iglesias pushed the buffer out further in the 35<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was not a great performance from his side in the face of pressure from Spain.<br>
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“Spain played very well today, put us under a lot of pressure and were rewarded for their efforts,” he said.<br>
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“We need to be better in our next performance and make sure we wrap this series on a positive note.”<br>
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</span><span>The fourth and final test between the Vantage Black Sticks and Spain will be played at 5:30am on Thursday morning (NZT).<br>
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The series is part of New Zealand’s build-up for the FIH World League Semi Final in Brussels from 21 June – 2 July.<br>
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VANTAGE BLACK STICKS 1:</span></strong><span> (Kelsey Smith)<br>
<strong>SPAIN 3:</strong> (Lola Riera, Maria Lopez, Belen Iglesias)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Spain 2-1<br>
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