Olga Carmona scored the game’s only goal to lead Spain to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.
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Spain Clinches First FIFA Women’s World Cup Title with Victory over England
Olga Carmona, the captain of Spain, scored the only goal in the final against England on Sunday to lead her team to their first FIFA Women’s World Cup victory. At the Stadium Australia in Sydney, Carmona scored the game’s first goal with a beautiful left-footed effort in the 29th minute of play. The left-back’s goal, scored shortly before the half-hour mark, proved to be the game-winning score. In addition, England suffered its second loss in 39 games since Sarina Wiegman took over as The Lionesses coach in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
England has the first opportunity.
The English women’s football team had a strong start to the match and came close to scoring in the fifth minute. With a low left-footed attempt, England striker Lauren Hemp came close to scoring, but Spanish goalkeeper Catalina Coll made a key stop to preserve the score.
Hemp misses yet another chance.
Twelve minutes later, the Manchester City attacker was given another opportunity to add her name to the scoreboard, but this time La Roja was saved by the woodwork.
Spain reacts right away
After fending off a flurry of early English assaults, Spain entered the opposing half barely two minutes later. Spanish winger Alba Redondo attempted a shot, but English goalie Mary Earps made a heroic save to save La Roja from scoring.
Spain overcame the English defense.
After England lost control of the ball in the middle, Earps was ultimately defeated in the 29th minute. Olga Carmona scored with a lovely stroke that found the bottom-right corner of the net.
Jennifer Hermoso blows a golden opportunity.
In the second half, Spain had the greatest opportunity to increase their advantage. In the 64th minute, England player Keira Welsh was seen touching the ball, and Spain was given a penalty after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review and another one by match referee Tori Penso on the monitor. The penalty kick was awarded to Jennifer Hermoso, but Mary Earps dove to her left to prevent La Roja from adding an insurance goal.
Spanish defense stopped any potential threat, and the team headed by Olga Carmona finally succeeded in preserving the advantage. Carmona was appropriately awarded the most valuable player in the championship game. She had also provided the late winning goal for Spain in the semifinal matchup with Sweden. “I believe that we all agreed that this squad was unique. I think we demonstrated this on the pitch, throughout the group stage, and during the knockout stage. We had been battling all the way through. After Spain won the World Cup, the Real Madrid player was cited by AP as stating, “We never stopped.