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Argentina outplay Black Sticks women

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

Argentina have beaten the Black Sticks 3-0 in a clinical display to open the six-Test women's hockey series in Buenos Aires.

World No.3 Argentina looked set to take a 1-0 lead into halftime, but scored via a late penalty corner to lead 2-0 at the break.

The fifth-ranked New Zealanders managed to build some pressure in the third quarter, but an inability to convert chances proved costly in the final spell as Argentina added a third goal with 90 seconds remaining.

The series is New Zealand's first competition of the year as Mark Hager's young squad build towards their World Cup qualifier in June and the women's World League Final in Auckland this November.

The second match is at the same venue on Wednesday (NZT).

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