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Hockey WC: Indian eves lose to Spain 3-2

The Asian champions conceded as many as 10 penalty corners and failed to convert the many chances that came their way to go out of medal contention.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 22:25 IST

India went out of the semifinal reckoning after suffering their third loss in four matches, a 3-2 loss to hosts Spain, in the women's field hockey World Cup on Tuesday.

The Asian champions conceded as many as 10 penalty corners and failed to convert the many chances that came their way to go out of medal contention.

Silvia Munoz (10th) drew first blood while Pilar Sanchez (30th, 43rd) scored a brace to earn the win for the hosts.

Suriner Kaur (17th) and Saba Anjum (48th) led the Indian attempt to thwart the Spanish armada.

Spain strengthened their chance of earning a semifinal berth with today's win pushing their tally to nine points in Pool 'A' which is topped by last edition's runner up Holland.

Holland thrashed China 6-1 to top the table with 12 points and to assure their passage to last-four.

England were two points adrift of Spain following their 1-0 defeated of Germany and need to beat the Spaniards in their last pool encounter tomorrow.

India have one point from their draw against England on Sunday and take on tomorrow China who have no points.

In Pool 'B', Argentina and Australia finished one and two respectively and were confirmed of their semifinal entry.

Both had 10 points each but Argentina had better goal difference.

Spain got the early lead in the 10th minute when Munoz banked on a loose ball and manouevered it past experienced Indian custodian Helen Mary Innocent by drawing the lone goalkeeper forward.