Host nation Spain caused one of the biggest upsets at the Barcelona Games in 1992, winning the Womens field hockey gold medal. Having qualified automatically, Spain was drawn against Germany, Canada and Australia in group A. Spain scored five goals in total and finished second in the group behind Germany, its two wins and a draw from three matches good enough to knock reigning Olympic champions Australia out of the tournament and to qualify for the semi-final stage.
Spain met South Korea at the semi-final stage and team coach José Brasa could not have asked for a better performance. The Spanish won a tense match 2-1 in extra time to qualify for the final. .
Spain’s opponents in the final were Germany, the only team it had failed to beat at the group stage . The Spanish scored first at the Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa through María Carmen Barea but the scores were levelled when Germany’s number 9 Franziska Hentschel equalised.
The host nation secured a memorable 2-1 win three minutes into extra time when Elisabeth Maragall scored the winning goal in front of a jubilant crowd that included her uncle, Pasqual Maragall, President of the Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee
The winning team
Anna Maiques, Celia Correa, Elisabeth Maragall, Maria Angeles Rodriguez, Maria Carmen Barea, Marivi González, Maider Telleria, Maria Isabel Martinez, Mercedes Coghen, Nagore Gabellanes, Natalia Dorado, Nuria Olivé, Silvia Manrique, Sonia Barrio, Teresa Motos, Virginia Ramirez.