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Spain Triumphs Over England to Clinch Women’s World Cup

Spain Triumphs Over England to Clinch Women's World Cup - Photo Courtesy of www.npr.org

Spain’s national women’s football team made history on Sunday, claiming its first Women’s World Cup title. This victory was particularly significant as it came less than a year after an internal player rebellion. With this win, Spain became the first European side since Germany in 2007 to lift the Women’s World Cup.

The Winning Goal

The only goal of the match came in the 29th minute when Olga Carmona expertly dispatched a left-footed shot beyond the reach of England’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps. Celebrating her goal, Carmona revealed a tribute to her former school on her undershirt. It’s worth noting that Carmona also had a significant role in Spain’s semifinal victory against Sweden.

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The Journey to Victory

Despite Spain’s victory, their path to the final was not without challenges. Last year, there was significant tension within the team when fifteen players considered stepping away due to mental health concerns and a plea for a more professional environment. However, reconciliation efforts ensured three key players made it to the World Cup stage.

England’s Challenges

England entered the tournament on the back of their European Championship triumph but faced setbacks. Key players, including captain Leah Williamson and star, forwards Fran Kirby and Beth Mead, were absent due to knee injuries. Coach Sarina Wiegman, despite her achievements, now has a record of two successive World Cup final defeats.

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Game Highlights

The final was action-packed. England’s Lauren Hemp narrowly missed an early goal, hitting the crossbar. Spain’s young sensation, 19-year-old Salma Paralluelo, showcased her prowess, though luck wasn’t on her side as she hit the post just before halftime.

On the disciplinary front, both teams received yellow cards, marking the intensity of the contest. England’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps, was in fantastic form, denying Spain on multiple occasions, including a crucial penalty save.

Coach’s Tactics

Spain’s coach, Jorge Vilda, faced challenges in formulating his team around Alexia Putellas, a two-time Ballon d’Or winner, still recovering from a torn ACL. In a significant move, he decided to bench her for the final, introducing her in the final seconds of regular time.

Overwhelming Attendance

The final witnessed a mammoth crowd of 75,784 at Stadium Australia, which included tennis legend Billie Jean King. This final was a rematch of sorts as both teams had clashed in the quarterfinals of the Euros, where England had emerged victorious.

Conclusion: Spain’s Historical Victory

This World Cup win is a testament to Spain’s resilience, talent, and unity. As they lift the trophy, they not only celebrate a historic win but also the spirit of women’s football. England, though defeated, showcased tremendous skill and heart throughout the tournament.

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