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Spain defeat Sweden to reach first WWC final

Spain defeat Sweden to reach first WWC final
August 15
12:26 2023

Spain’s La Roja have qualified for the Women’s World Cup final for the first time ever.

Spain defeated Sweden 2-1 on Tuesday to inch closer to winning the tournament hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The match was a slow burner until it served up fireworks at the tail end.

Salma Paralluelo was brought on for Alexia Putellas, and a few minutes later, the 19-year-old cracked open the game, which had been deadlocked for over 80 minutes.

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Jenny Hermoso’s cross into the Sweden goal area was not effectively cleared, and the ball fell for Paralluelo, who stroked a shot past Zećira Mušović.

The teenager has been influential from the bench for the Spanish team in the tournament. She had been the deciding factor in their quarter-final win over the Netherlands a few days ago.

However, Paralluelo would not have the last laugh as the Swedish equalised two minutes from time. Rebecka Blomqvist dragged the Scandinavian level.

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A late twist in the tale had Olga Carmona wrap the victory for the Spaniard just 93 seconds later. Carmona struck a ferocious shot that slammed into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Sweden have now lost back-to-back World Cup semi-finals.

Spain will play the winner of the clash between England and Australia in the final on Sunday.

Photo credit: FIFAWWC/X

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