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Hockey: India's women's team earn hard-fought 1-0 win over Spain

Valencia: After the goal-less draw in the previous match, the Indian women's hockey team yesterday beat the hosts 1-0 in the second game here yesterday.

The matches are in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 7-15 March. Vandana Katariya netted the lone goal from a field effort in the 38th minute.

The Indian eves made a promising start by giving a neck-to-neck fight to Spain and both the teams made several attempts but unfortunately failed to convert the opportunities into goals.

Just before the first half ended, Spain earned a penalty corner but failed to capitalise on it. While the two teams missed chances to open their scoring, the score stood 0-0 by the end of the first half.

Entering the second half of the game, the two teams looked more confident and displayed a better quality as the girls were in dire need of opening the scoring.

After conceding, Spain tried to assert dominance in the entire session of the game, but India's strong defence stood tall as the eves restricted the opponents from launching into strikes.

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