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Spain's debutants draw in first World Cup match

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Spain's debutants draw in first World Cup match
Spain's Natalia Pablos (C) is chased by Costa Rica's Wendy Acosta (L) and Carol Sanchez (R) during their first Group E match. Photo: Nicolas Kamm / AFP
08:36 CEST+02:00
Spain were held 1-1 by fellow newcomers Costa Rica in their opening Women's World Cup Group E match in Montreal on Tuesday.

Vicky Losada scored Spain's first ever World Cup goal after 13 minutes but just one minute later Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno did likewise for Costa Rica.

Losada, 24, picked up a cross from Sonia Bermudez into the penalty area, controlling well before firing past Dinnia Diaz in the Costa Rican goal.

Spanish celebrations were short-lived though when Rodriguez Cedeno picked up an Irene Paredes cross in the penalty area to slot in.

Spain, ranked 14th, missed a string of chances in the second half, but their 37th-ranked opponents stood firm, and next face South Korea on Saturday.

Spain's second group game will be against Marta's Brazil with their final group game against South Korea next Wednesday.

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