Spain proceeds in the World Cup as they secure a spot in the finals with a breathtaking 2-1 victory over Sweden in Auckland, New Zealand. In a match that saw the game’s intensity escalate dramatically in the final 10 minutes, Spain’s Olga Carmona emerged as the hero with a magnificent strike that sealed their first-ever final berth.
Goals remained elusive until the 81st minute when Salma Paralluelo broke the deadlock for Spain. A rapid response from Sweden’s Rebecka Blomqvist with a stunning goal in the 88th minute pushed the game into extra time. However, the match took a surprising twist as Olga Carmona’s masterful finish off a set piece sent Spain into a euphoric celebration.
This dramatic conclusion marked a Women’s World Cup first—where the first goal arrived within the last 10 minutes, and a total of three goals adorned the scoreboard. Spain’s historic victory carries profound significance, defying expectations and carving a remarkable path to success. Their prowess and creativity on the field were spotlighted, particularly during the knockout stages. Their command of possession against Sweden, the third-ranked team globally, spoke volumes of their skill, leaving spectators captivated.
The resonance of this triumph extended across the nation, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressing immense pride and extending heartfelt congratulations to the team for their extraordinary achievement. The road to the final hasn’t been devoid of challenges for Spain. Spain’s team overcame internal challenges when players left due to coach Jorge Vilda’s training methods, yet their resilience was bolstered by the steadfast support of the Spanish football federation. Their depth of talent was evident as emerging star Salma Paralluelo, a substitute, made a significant impact, enhancing Spain’s formidable attacking force.
“Now it’s the final. I think we have to do what we’ve done in every match,” said Paralluelo. “We’ve overcome every challenge and now we face the ultimate challenge, the big one.”
As Spain gear up to face the victor of the England vs. Australia semi final, Spain embraces the hopes of a nation and a legacy that has transformed the landscape of women’s soccer in their homeland.