FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Spain Reaches Semis By Outclassing Netherlands 2-1 in the Quarter Finals
Salma Paralluelo, a teenage winger, came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 111th minute as Spain defeated the Netherlands to advance to the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time.After Stefanie van der Gragt handled the ball in the box in the 80th minute, Mariona Caldentey appeared to give Spain the victory in regulation when she blasted the ball into the back of the net via the post.Van der Gragt transformed into a hero by scoring an equaliser in dead time, but Spain’s ladies advanced to their first major semifinal in 26 years thanks to Paralluelo, who found space in the area in extra time.
The Netherlands, who finished second in 2019 and lost to the USA in the championship game, were outplayed for significant stretches despite having a chance to go ahead when Lineth Beerensteyn missed a long-range shot. After receiving the ball from Jenni Hermoso, 19-year-old Paralluelo maintained her composure in the box and hammered the ball precisely off the left post to become Spain’s youngest goal scorer at a Women’s World Cup and their newest star.
On 37 minutes, Esther Gonzalez appeared to have given Spain the lead when Alba Redondo mishit her volley into the striker’s path, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a review.
By that time, the Spanish should have vanished from view. Redondo struck the post twice in as many seconds, first watching Daphne van Domselaar wonderfully deflect her header on to the woodwork and then attempting to turn the rebound off the same upright.Irene Paredes’s intentional grounding of Beerensteyn in the second half resulted in a penalty that referee Stephanie Frappart later overturned, which angered the Netherlands.Tuesday’s semi-final matchup between Spain and Sweden will be played after the Swedish defeated Japan 2-1 in Auckland.
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