Spain Beats England In Sydney To Win The Women's World Cup
Spain beats England in Sydney to win the Women's World Cup for the first time. A significant historical event has occurred. Despite facing several challenges and amidst a context of upheaval, Spain achieved a remarkable feat in Sydney on Sunday by emerging victorious over England with a score of 1-0, so securing their first-ever Women's World Cup title.
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Spain beats England in Sydneyto win the Women's World Cupfor the first time. A significant historical event has occurred. Despite facing several challenges and amidst a context of upheaval, Spain achieved a remarkable feat in Sydney on Sunday by emerging victorious over England with a score of 1-0, so securing their first-ever Women's World Cup title.
The fact that Spain had reached the final, considering the turbulent year that the national squad had undergone, was truly extraordinary. The victory of La Roja against the incumbent European champion and pre-match favorite, despite the controversies and divisions that have plagued the national squad throughout the tournament, renders this accomplishment remarkable.
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While Spain's playerscelebrated by forming a happy heap of red on the Stadium Australia pitch, several England players were in tears as the country's hopes of becoming the country's first senior soccerworld champion since 1966 were dashed by a superb Spain.
There was just one side that outplayed England in terms of possession and efforts on goal. But there is some comfort for England, which, like Spain, was participating in a Women's World Cup final for the first time, because the team has went further in this championship than ever before. Even though they were defeated, the Lionesses had made history.
Prince William paid respect to the Lionesses' "spirit" on X, formerly known as Twitter:
Although it’s the result none of us wanted, Lionesses you have done yourselves and this nation proud.- Prince William
Some of the country's most prominent people celebrated the team's victory. Rafael Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam champion and probably Spain's best athlete, shared an Instagram story saying:
Let’s goooooo!!!! Congratulations, WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!- Rafael Nadal
However, as fireworks lit up the night sky and a wave of golden ticker-tape showered the victorious players during the trophy presentation, thoughts turned to the Spanish players who had missed out on the sport's biggest prize due to a disagreement between the players, the coaching staff, and the country's soccerfederation.
Last September, 15 Spanish players declared themselves unavailable for selection, citing dissatisfaction with head coach Jorge Vilda's training techniques, which he termed at the time as a "world embarrassment."
When asked what it was like to confront a dressing room that questioned the worth of the coach and staff in the run-up to the final, Vilda told the Spanish daily Marca that there was no alternative but to "focus" on work.
Only three of the 15 players who wrote to the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) last year, claiming that the "situation" inside the national team was impacting their "emotional state" and health, were named to the World Cup squad.
Spain is a global champion without its greatest players, world-class players in their positions. Spain's ability to flourish under such conditions speaks to its talent.
Spain had never advanced past the round of 16 in its three previous World Cup competitions, so this success might be revolutionary for women's soccer in the country, but it may not be uniting.
The country is the finest in the world, but exiled players' international careers are uncertain. With victory, issues about the national setup and how to resolve the disagreement remain.
Aitana Bonmati, the midfielder who performed against England, received the Golden Ball for the tournament's finest player. The Barcelonaplayer was unmatched and represented Spain's brilliance and superiority.
This was a final featuring two of the tournament's finest teams, which made for an exciting and enjoyable match. Spain dominated possession, with almost 50% of the ball in the first half, and La Roja's technical dominance allowed them to pass with delicacy, their one-touch play putting the Lionesses on their heels.
Salma Paralluelo, the 19-year-old who came off the bench to play an important part in the semifinal triumph against Sweden, began the game and proved to be an ever-present threat in attack.
The tournament's best young player, the adolescent, is now the first player to win Women's World Cups at the Under-17, Under-20, and senior levels, and she has all the makings of one of the game's greats.
Even with two-time Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas on the bench – the Barcelona star has been far from her best this year as she recovers from a catastrophic knee injury – Spain was dominant.
Although England had the first meaningful chance to break the score, Lauren Hemp's looping effort from just inside the box struck the crossbar in the 15th minute. Almost immediately after, England goalkeeper Mary Earps saved Alba Redondo's shot, although the Spaniard should have done better from close range.
The opening goal came in the 29th minute, with Carmona lazing her shot into the bottom-right corner following some great build-up play down Spain's left flank. Lucy Bronze's surge upfield had exposed a space in England's defense, which Spain exploited.
Irene Paredes could have extended Spain's lead, but her first-time shot hit the post shortly before the interval. Spain was on top and would continue to be so after the interval. Jennifer Hermoso went up to take a spot after Keira Walsh was punished for handball in the 68th minute, appearing to secure the victory.
But a fantastic save from Earps, who dipped low to her left to save Hermoso's shot, kept England in the game. Following that, England had their finest spell of the game.
Substitute Lauren James put Spain goalkeeper Cata Coll into action, but despite the increased intensity, England was unable to breach La Roja's defense, and the ultimate winner emerged victorious.
Spain's head coach, Vilda, expressed "immense joy and pride." He stated to reporters:
We’ve shown how we can play, we’ve shown that we know how to suffer. This team believed and we’re world champions.- Jorge Vilda
Meanwhile, England's head coach, Sarina Wiegman, who has now lost two World Cup finals in a row after leading a Dutch team that fell to the United States in 2019, said the Lionesses should be pleased.
Of course, it feels really bad now. We got to the final and then we lose it, but how we have shown ourselves, who we are, how we want to play, overcoming so many challenges we can be very proud, but it doesn’t feel that way at the moment.- Sarina Wiegman