A confident Australia edged past Spain 2-1 in their FIH Pro League encounter at the Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia. The win marked 3rd victory on the trot for the home team.
The home team had ringed in a number of changes as per their rotation policy and the combination stuck up to the challenge as they fended off the Spanish defense without much fuss.
The first quarter of the match saw Australia dictating terms with more circle entries (6) and a better possession as well. But nevertheless the deadlock could not be broken and it was goalless.
The second quarter saw urgency from both the camps and as such Australia drew the first blood with the help of a Lachlan Sharp strike in the 22nd minute which came in off Jack Welch’s deflection. But very soon Spain had a great chance with Bolto one on one with the Aussie keeper Tyler Lovell and a square ball to Pau Quemada put the Spaniards in level terms at 1-1 in the 26th minute.
Scores did not change in the 3rd quarter but the Australians did lead with more circle penetrations and a little ahead in Shots at goal.
At the outset of the final quarter, Australia came charging in and Daniel Beale made no mistakes in putting in the ball at the back of the net from a Dylan Wotherspoon assist. The lead then remained intact as the Spaniards were overwhelmed by the hosts’ circle entries which came in like a wave after wave.
The win takes Australia to the second position on the points tally whereas Spain is down to second from bottom.
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