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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Spain Beats Sweden to Bag a 2-1 Thrilling Win to Reach Final

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Spain Beats Sweden to Bag a 2-1 Thrilling Win to Reach Final

Spain advanced to their first Women’s World Cup final after a dramatic victory over Sweden.

At Eden Park in Auckland, their fans broke out in riotous celebration after captain Olga Carmona’s 89th-minute victory.
Rebecka Blomqvist’s equaliser just 93 seconds earlier had given Sweden, who have now lost back-to-back World Cup semifinal matches, hope that the game would go to extra time.

With just 10 minutes left, 19-year-old replacement Salma Paralluelo handed Spain the lead in a game that had previously been devoid of opportunities.

In the Sunday final in Sydney, they will either play England or Australia. At full-time, Spain’s players erupted in celebration on the pitch, but Sweden’s players collapsed to the ground as their World Cup dream came to an end.

During the opening 80 minutes, which were tense and cautious, there wasn’t much indication of what was to come.

Alexia Putellas, a two-time Ballon d’Or winner for Spain, was chosen for recall by manager Jorge Vilda despite her little playing experience as she recovers from a catastrophic knee injury.

And when Putellas nutmegged Filippa Angeldahl of Manchester City in the first half, the sell-out crowd of 43,217 cheered the loudest.

The first shot on goal didn’t come until the 42nd minute, when Cata Coll of Barcelona stopped Fridolina Rolfo of Sweden from scoring her third goal of the game.

Spain had the majority of the possession, but Sweden’s defence, which has been strong and tenacious for the previous month, kept their opponents at bay for lengthy stretches while the Swedes once more turned to a tried-and-true tactic to try to break through.

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