MADRID: Skipper Rani Rampal scored a late winner as Indian women’s hockey team dished out a spirited performance to beat Spain 3-2 in the third game and register their first win of the five-match series at the Consejo Superior de Deportes Hockey Stadium here.By virtue of this win late last night, India and Spain are now tied 1-1 in the series. While Spain beat India 3-0 in the opener, the second game between the two sides finished 1-1. The fourth match of the series will be played later tonight. In last night’s game, Spain took an early lead through Maria Lopez’s strike from their second penalty corner in the third minute. The hosts continued to test the Indian defence in the first quarter and goalkeeper Savita was called into action soon when she made a fine reflex save to deny Spain.The Indians started to get into the game in the second quarter as both teams battled for possession. The visitors defended their lines well, keeping out Spain’s third penalty corner in the 19th minute.
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