11 August 2023
Spain Triumphs Over Netherlands 2-1 in a Thrilling FIFA WWC 2023
Historic Goals and Dramatic Equalizer
The goals for this gripping match were scored by Mariona Caldentey in the 81st minute, followed by Stefanie van der Gragt’s stoppage-time equalizer in the 91st minute. The match was ultimately decided by Salma Paralluelo’s strike in the 111th minute.
Spain’s domination throughout the opening 80 minutes was almost undone by wasteful finishing and the stellar performance of Dutch keeper, Daphne van Domselaar. Her outstanding saves, including tipping Alba Redondo’s header onto the woodwork, kept the Netherlands in the game.
Emotional Moments and Controversial Decisions
The match was not without controversy, as VAR played a prominent role. A ruled-out goal and multiple penalty decisions kept fans on the edge of their seats.
The penalty converted by Caldentey became a dramatic moment, especially for Van der Gragt, who conceded the penalty. She was visibly crestfallen but earned redemption by scoring the equalizer.
New Women’s World Cup Record
The match also featured a new milestone as Van der Gragt’s goal became the 147th scored at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand 2023. This set a new record for the tournament, surpassing the previous marks set in Canada 2015 and France 2019.
Spain’s Journey Continues
The victory marks a significant moment for Spanish women’s football, with @SEFutbolFem reaching their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup Semi-Final. Their combination of skill, determination, and teamwork propelled them into the next round.
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