Spain won the Women’s World Cup for the first time in tournament history, taking home the championship trophy.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup, which has been taking place in Australia and New Zealand for the past month, concluded early on Sunday morning with England and Spain on the field in Sydney, Australia. With the added drama of a saved penalty in the second half, the tournament’s thrilling championship game eventually turned into the first all-European final since 2003, but Spain ultimately prevailed.
Although both teams played with confidence for the first 45 minutes of the game, Spain gained an early lead in the first half with a goal from Olga Carmona, the country’s captain, in the 29th minute.
This came after numerous good attempts on goal. The goal by Carmona was the only time the ball would find the back of the net throughout the whole game.
The path to triumph for Spain was never always simple. The club struggled to sweep its group play matches in July, unlike its rivals. The team’s winning streak came to an end after an 0-4 loss to Japan, despite a significant victory over Zambia and Costa Rica.
The game was tense and without a goal for the majority of the time until Paralluelo gave her team the lead once more with a goal in minute 81.
Olga Carmona’s goal in minute 89 made history, ensuring that Spain’s National Team would play in the Women’s World Cup final for the first time ever. Just seven minutes earlier, a quick goal from Sweden appeared to send the game back into 30 minutes of extra time.
The crowd cheered when Ivana Andres raised the World Cup trophy in Sydney on Sunday. Her team’s success in the Women’s World Cup expands the list of previous champions.
Only the United States, Japan, Germany, and Norway have had teams win the competition in the past.