Editor: Murtuj Khadri
- History was made. Against all odds and turmoil, Spain rose to the top in Sydney on Sunday, deservedly defeating England 1-0 and winning the Women’s World Cup for the first time.Given the country’s turbulent year, it was remarkable that Spain reached the final.
- The fact that La Roja emerged victorious against the reigning European champions and pre-match favourites, despite the disputes and divisions that darkened the national side throughout the tournament, is a remarkable achievement.Olga Carmona’s superb goal in the 29th minute sealed the win.
- Spain could even afford to miss a penalty in the second half as La Roja became only the second country after Germany to win both the men’s and women’s World Cups.While Spanish players celebrated by throwing jubilant red shirts onto the pitch at Stadium Australia, many English players wept as their hopes of becoming the first World A champions since 1966 were dashed by the Spanish greats.
- In terms of possession and shots on goal, only one team was involved: Spain beat England. But there is some consolation for England, who, like Spain, are playing in a Women’s World Cup final for the first time, as the side have progressed further in the competition than ever before.But Spain’s future is the brightest, especially if the problems can be resolved off the field as the Iberian nation are now incredibly World Under-17 Champions, and Senior Level,
Division and uncertainty
- Last September, 15 Spanish players said they could not be selected because they were not happy with the training methods of coach Jorge Vilda, who later described the situation as a “world embarrassment”.
- Before the final, when Vilda was asked what it was like to face a dressing room that questioned the value of a coach and his team, Vilda told Spanish newspaper Marca that he had no choice but himself to focus on work.
- Just three of the 15 players who wrote letters to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) last year claiming that the national team’s “situation” was affecting their “emotional state” and health have been selected for the world . The cup team.
- One of them was Aitana Bonmati, a midfielder who excelled against England and won the Ballon d’Or, awarded to the tournament’s best player. The Barcelona player was second to none, embodying both Spanish superiority and the country’s talent.
- This is a historic victory for women’s football in the country, but perhaps not a unifying one. However, it speaks volumes for the talents of Spain who have thrived in such circumstances.
- Spain won the World Cup without some of their best players, talents who are the best in the world at their jobs.
- In the three previous World Cups, Spain never got past the round of 16. Sure, tremendous progress has been made, the country is currently the best in the world, but the future, particularly for these exiled players, is as unclear as it is bright.
The Best Team Wins
It was the final between the top two teams in the tournament, a fascinating and entertaining game.
- As expected, Spain took control – with over 50% possession in the first half – and La Roja’s technical superiority allowed them to maneuver the ball around the field with finesse, slinging the ball through the Lionesses’ heels.
- Salma Paralluelo, a 19-year-old came on as a substitute and played a key role in the semi-final win over Sweden, started the game and justified her choice as proving she was still an attacking threat.
- It was 15 minutes before the game got going when Lauren Hemp curled a shot from outside the box into the bar.
- Almost immediately afterwards, a superb save from England goalkeeper Mary Earps stopped Alba Redondo’s shot, but the Spaniard should have done better from close range.
- The first goal came in the 29th minute. Carmona shot poorly in the corner after playing Spain’s left flank well. Lucy Bronze’s attack from the field left a gap in the English defence, which Spain capitalized on.
- Irene Paredes should have doubled Spain’s lead when Paralluelo’s first shot hit the post just before the break.
- Spain continued to lead and dominated after the break. Victory seemed sealed in the 68th minute when Jennifer Hermoso converted the penalty after Keira Walsh was cautioned for a hand ball.But a fantastic save by Earps, who dived deep left to stop Hermoso’s attempt, kept England in the game.
- support, England had their best season of the game. Substitute Lauren James forced the entry of Spain’s Cata Coll, but despite all their energy England were unable to penetrate La Roja’s defense and ended up victorious, finishing the game stronger.