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Spain edge Black Sticks in opening test

Spain edge Black Sticks in opening test

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<p>The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been beaten 2-1 by hosts Spain in the first of four tests in Barcelona</p>
<p class="">The Vantage Black Sticks Women have been beaten 2-1 by hosts Spain in the first of four tests in Barcelona.<br>
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It was a challenging match for the Kiwis, who arrived in the heat of Europe just two days earlier.<br>
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Spain controlled much of the match in front of a vocal home crowd, in a clash which marked <span>25 years since the Spanish won an Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Games.<br>
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The hosts started well and opened the scoring in the 15<sup>th</sup> minute through a reverse shot at goal from Belen Iglesias.<br>
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The second quarter was much tighter and after Spain doubled their lead, the Black Sticks responded thanks to a Kirsten Pearce field goal in the 20<sup>th</sup> minute.<br>
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New Zealand battled hard in the second half but were unable to convert any chances into points in a goalless 30 minutes of play.<br>
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Black Sticks assistant coach Sean Dancer said it was a scrappy performance in tough conditions.<br>
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“<span>Spain dominated large patches of the game today and as a team we were unable to control them well,” he said.<br>
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“We are looking forward to resting up, re-grouping and coming out with something to prove for tomorrow’s challenge.”<br>
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The Vantage Black Sticks play Spain in the second test at 6am Monday morning (NZT).<br>
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The four test 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:</strong> (Kirsten Pearce)<br>
<strong>SPAIN 2:</strong> (Belen Iglesias, Berta Bonastre)<br>
<strong>Halftime:</strong> Spain 2-1<br>
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