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Holland crushes Spain in women's hockey World Cup
2006-10-01 18:42:10 Xinhua English

MADRID, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Holland's women's hockey team beat its Spanish rival 2-0 on Sunday, in a Group A match in the sport's World Cup, currently under way in Madrid.

Holland pressured the hosts, preventing them from leaving their half, and took advantage of what few errors there were in the Spanish defense, which lacked Romagosa, who was suffering from a muscle strain.

The game was notable for defensive play from both teams. The Dutch team wore out the Spanish forwards and midfielders who never managed to make an impact on their rivals.

Holland found the first opportunity in minute six, when Mulder scored the game's first goal. But when Spain tried to strike back and enter the Dutch half, Holland's women, among the best in the tournament, squashed any danger.

In the 42nd minute, Naomi van As, gave the final word on the game, by scoring the second goal. Although there were nearly 30 minutes remaining on the clock, Spain was showing no sign of breaking the Dutch wall.

There were only four corners; all awarded to the Dutch team, a clear sign of how absent the Spanish were from the Dutch side.

Spain has not been shut out of the tournament, but will have to buck up their performance for the two remaining games: against India on Tuesday and against England on Wednesday, Spain's Nuria Camon told media. Enditem

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