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Spain defeats England, 2023 Women’s World Cup

Spain defeats England, 2023 Women’s World Cup

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In a tense and fiercely competitive match, Spain emerged victorious in the 2023 Women’s World Cup final, securing a hard-fought 1-0 win against England at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. The lone goal of the game was expertly executed by Olga Carmona, who unleashed a clinical shot from the left side.

Despite England goalkeeper Mary Earps’ remarkable penalty save, Spain maintained their lead and clinched the title. Spain’s triumph marked a historic moment as they captured their first Women’s World Cup title. Prior to this tournament, Spain had never advanced beyond the knockout stage of a major competition. In contrast, the defeat marked only the second loss for England under coach Sarina Wiegman since her appointment in 2021.

The first half of the match saw opportunities for both teams. England came close to scoring when Rachel Daly provided a pass to Lauren Hemp, whose curled shot hit the crossbar. Spain responded swiftly, with Mariona Caldentey delivering a cross to Salma Paralluelo, whose close-range attempt was deflected to Alba Redondo, but her strike was parried by Earps.

Spain’s breakthrough arrived in the 29th minute when Carmona surged down the left flank, exploiting a gap in England’s defense to deliver a powerful shot into the far-right corner. Lucy Bronze’s defensive lapse allowed Carmona the space to receive the ball and capitalize on the opportunity.


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England made halftime changes, including introducing Lauren James and Chloe Kelly, altering their formation to a back four. Although England increased their attacking efforts in the second half, Spain’s defense held strong, and Jennifer Hermoso’s penalty was saved by Earps. Despite England’s efforts to regain momentum, they struggled to penetrate Spain’s defense effectively. Spain’s victory was secured during the 13 minutes of extra time, as they successfully resisted England’s attempts to equalize.

Buenos días, España! ☀️#BeyondGreatness | #FIFAWWC

— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) August 21, 2023

An important talking point was Spain’s superior performance throughout the match. La Roja dominated the midfield battle, nullifying England’s attempts to maintain possession. Spain’s midfield trio of Aitana Bonmati, Teresa Abelleira, and Jennifer Hermoso expertly controlled the game, neutralizing the impact of Keira Walsh and Georgia Stanway.

Spain’s victory was a testament to their tactical prowess and team cohesion. Aitana Bonmati, played a pivotal role in dictating the play from midfield, and was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Her performance not only contributed to Spain’s World Cup triumph but also positioned her as a potential contender for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

SPAIN ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! 🇪🇸#BeyondGreatness | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/x4liWtvgpN

— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) August 20, 2023

While Spain celebrated their historic victory, the event also highlighted the challenges faced by women’s football. Despite their success, women’s football continues to struggle for recognition and resources. The victory provided an opportunity to raise the profile of women’s football in Spain, potentially paving the way for future generations to thrive in the sport.

Olga Carmona’s personal journey mirrored the triumph of her team. Her goal-scoring feat will forever be etched in Spanish football history. Tragically, Carmona learned of her father’s passing shortly after the final. The Royal Spanish Football Federation extended their condolences to her and her family, acknowledging her dedication and contribution to Spanish football history.

As Spain celebrated their victory, the hope remains that the success of this Women’s World Cup will help bridge the gap between men’s and women’s football in Spain, providing greater opportunities and recognition for female athletes.


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