Spain defeated England 1-0 to win a Women’s World Cup for the first time

SYDNEY — Spain won their first Women’s World Cup less than a year after their players revolted, beating England 1-0 on Sunday thanks to a first-half goal from Olga Carmona. Spain’s inaugural major global trophy marked them as the premier European squad to secure victory in the Women’s World Cup since Germany in 2007.

After the final whistle, the Spanish players lined up in front of their goal. Carmona’s left-footed shot in the 29th minute hit the far corner of the net and just out of reach of England goalkeeper Mary Earps. In celebration, he lifted his shirt to reveal the word “merci” scrawled in ink on it, an apparent nod to his old school. Carmona also scored the decisive 89th-minute goal in Spain’s 2-1 semi-final win over Sweden, becoming the first player since Carla Lloyd in 2015 to score in the semi-finals and final of the European Cup.

Spain had a chance for a brace in the 68th minute, but Jenni Hermoso’s penalty was saved by Earps, who saw it perfectly and dived to the left. Spain’s victory came despite a near-mutiny among players last year. Fifteen players have stated they want to leave the national team because of their mental health, although they would like to see a more professional environment.

Three of those players – Ona Batlle, Aitana Bonmatí, and Mariona Caldentey – reconciled with the federation and took part in the World Cup.

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England is gaining momentum in the build-up to the tournament after winning the European Championship on home soil last summer. Nonetheless, the World Cup team faced an unfortunate setback as three key players, namely captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby, and Beth Mead, were sidelined due to knee injuries. England manager Sarina Wiegman was the first coach to lead her teams to consecutive World Cup games. In 2019 he led the Netherlands to the final but lost 2-0 to the USA. Now it’s 0-2.

England beat Australia 3-1 in the semifinals. Lauren James, who was the team’s top scorer with three goals and three assists, was suspended for two games after stepping on Nigeria’s Michelle Aloza early in the knockout stages. While James was available for the finale, Wiegman formed Ella Toone. James came into play early in the second half. ‘s game was briefly halted in the 25th minute when someone ran onto the field, but security quickly halted the game.

One of England’s best chances came in the 16th minute when Lauren Hemp’s shot was deflected off the crossbar. A minute later, Salma Paralluelo ran for the net but couldn’t get a clean shot and the Earps stopped Alba Redondo’s attempt in a scrum in front of the net. Vilda started 19-year-old Paralluelo, who scored a winner for Spain against Sweden in the quarter-finals and against the Netherlands in extra time.

Parallels almost scored seconds before the break, but his shot hit the post. In the 78th minute, he received a yellow card for a foul on Alex Greenwood, who had cut his eye. Hemp had another chance on lap 54 but went wide. A minute later he received a yellow card for a foul on Laia Codina.

 Spain had a chance to double their lead in Game 68 after a video review awarded a penalty for Keira Walsh’s handball. But the Earps kept England in the game with a series of late saves. head coach Jorge Vilda has been struggling with two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, who was still recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture last year. Patellas was benched early in the final.

Patellas came on with 15 seconds remaining in regulation time, but there was a 13-minute break. The final at Stadium Australia was attended by 75,784 fans including tennis player Billie Jean King. The two sides met in the quarter-finals of last year’s Euros, with England coming from behind thanks to a Georgia Stanway goal and beating Spain 2-1 after extra time.

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