Spain’s nail-biting 1-0 win secured their first-ever World Cup title.
The match took place at Stadium Australia in Sydney, where Olga Carmona scored the winning goal in the first half.
Despite leaving some star players at home due to conflicts within the squad, federation, and head coach Jorge Vilda, Spain proved themselves deserving of the victory over the reigning European champions, England.
Both teams had important decisions to make regarding their lineups, with England welcoming back Lauren James from suspension and Spain starting super-sub Salma Paralluelo.
The game was open and promising, with both teams creating chances, but it was Carmona, a left back with only two international goals to her name, who found the back of the net.
This goal seemed to deflate England, and Spain continued to create opportunities.
England made changes at halftime, bringing in James and Chloe Kelly and switching to a 4-3-3 formation.
However, Spain remained strong and managed to hold off England’s attempts to equalize.
Despite a penalty opportunity for Spain that was saved by England’s Mary Earps, Spain ultimately emerged victorious after expertly managing the second-half stoppage time.
This article was updated 1 month ago