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FIFA World Cup 2023 Final: Spain Beat England 1-0 to Lift the Trophy for the First Time

FIFA World Cup 2023 Final: Spain Beat England 1-0 to Lift the Trophy for the First Time

Spain defeats England 1-0 to win the Women’s World Cup in Sydney, Australia, with a goal by captain Olga Carmona. In front of 75,784 spectators at Stadium Australia on Sunday, La Roja, which had some of their best players removed due to a mutiny against coach Jorge Vilda only a few months prior and had been thrashed 4-0 by Japan in the group stage, outperformed England and earned their first major victory in just their third World Cup.

Spanish midfielders Aitana Bonmati and Teresa Abelleira controlled the match, and the margin of victory would have been higher had England custodian Mary Earps not saved a penalty in the second half.

Since Sarina Wiegman took over as coach, England has lost just twice in 39 games, preventing them from adding a first-ever world championship to their European Championship victory from the previous year.

England almost had the upper hand in the match between two first-time finalists as the first Women’s World Cup final without either the United States or Germany got off to a fast start.

Forward After screwing the ball towards goal in the fifth minute against Australia, Lauren Hemp began where she left off in the semifinal and clipped a shot against the crossbar 12 minutes later.

Salma Paralluelo, a young player from Spain, was unable to make contact with Carmona’s drive across goal, and Alba Redondo’s effort from the far post was expertly stopped by Earps. Spain promptly countered.

After England lost the ball in midfield just before the half-hour mark, Abelleira curled a beautiful crossfield pass to Mariona Caldentey, who then slid the ball forward to Carmona, giving La Roja the lead.

The left back drove into the area and fired a shot from an angle that sailed past Earps’ hands and into the far corner of the goal. Spain held the advantage for the remainder of the half, with Paralluelo pinging a shot off the post just before halftime. The goal appeared to knock the wind out of England.

Since England has proven to be adaptable throughout the competition, Wiegman changed the defence from three to four at the interval while substituting Lauren James for Alessia Russo up front.

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