Dramatic win makes ‘history’…Spain beat Sweden to reach first-ever final
Spain has beaten Sweden to punch its ticket to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 final.
Spain earned a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden in the tournament’s semifinal on Friday at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, after three goals in the final 10 minutes.
It was their first-ever final appearance. Spain’s previous best finish was the round of 16 in France 2019.
It was a shaky start. Spain lost to Japan 0-4 in the group stage. However, they went on to defeat Costa Rica (3-0) and Zambia (5-0) to finish second in their group behind Japan, then beat Switzerland (5-1) in the round of 16 and the Netherlands (2-1) in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals.
The first goal belonged to Spain. In the 36th minute, Spain’s diagonal cross found the back of the defense, and Paraguay’s right-footed grounder from the edge of the area made it 1-0.
It was a scramble from there. Sweden equalized in the 43rd minute through Rebecca Blomkvist’s right-footed volley following a header from Lina Hurtig.
It was Spain who put the finishing touches on a match that seemed headed for extra time. In the 44th minute, Carmona finished off a Teresa Aveira corner with a right-footed mid-range shot. The shot hit the crossbar and went into the back of the net.
Sweden defeated Japan 2-1 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals, creating a bitey relationship between the three nations in the tournament.스포츠토토
The final opponent is yet to be determined. The winner of the Australia-England match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16, will play for the trophy at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia.
Sweden, meanwhile, were hoping to reach the final for the first time in 20 years after the 2003 tournament in the United States, but were relegated to the third-place playoff for the second straight tournament after France.