In a historic turn of events, Spanish national women’s team for the first time have the opportunity to become the FIFA Women’s World Cip winners. The nation is ranked 7th in the world rankings by FIFA and have just now beaten the 2nd ranked Sweden to make their way through the semi-finals.
Spain beat Sweden 2-1 in FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals
Spain are currently the highest ranked nation remaining in the World Cup, and their coach Jorge Vilda cannot escape the excitement and has stated that this was a historic day for them and that they have gotten exactly what they wanted, a spot in the finals of the World Cup.
Sweden, on the contrary, has lost in a total of four semi-finals out of five played and will be playing for the third-place for the fourth time.
The match had been on a deadlock of goalless match of 0-0 for the entirety of the duration before Salma Paralluelo, the substitute for the Spanish front netted an amazing goal in the 81st minute of the game.
Everyone in the Eden Park Stadium was taken by storm with the last minute goal by the 19-year-old and thought that it was decider; however, the celebrations were cut short after Rebecca Blomqvist broke through the Spanish defence and scored an 88th minute equalizer for Sweden.
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With the game tied again at 1-1, the crowd was sure that the match would go into extra time. Exactly 90 seconds after Blomqvist’s goal, in the twilight of the match, at the 89th minute of the game, it was Carmona who beat Zecira Musovica, the Swedish goalkeeper to net the historic winning goal for Spain.
In the post-match interview, Paralluelo, who scored the opening goal of the match stated that it was a very tough game and that it might have been difficult to come back after Swedish equalizer; however, they have shown their perseverance that they can deal will everything.
She went on to state that they deserved this victory and the spot in the finals and that this was just a little step before the big final push to create history in the coming finals.