Spain beat Sweden to reach final for first time
As a result, one half of the World Cup final has been decided.
It’s heartbreak for Sweden, whose semi-final curse continues. Spain reached the final in their first ever semi-final with that dramatic finish, which brought them ecstasy.
In Sunday’s showpiece in Sydney, Spain will play either England or Australia. We’ll find out who completes the final two on the iPlayer and on Wednesday One.
At full time, there are absolute scenes.
They have only reached one World Cup final in their five semi-finals, and in 2003 they lost to the USA.
In Saturday’s third-place playoff, they once again find themselves in the mix.
My mind immediately goes to the bridesmaid.
For the first time since 1991, the World Cup final will feature a completely new line-up after Sweden’s exit.
This is Spain’s first time reaching the final of the Women’s World Cup; prior to this edition, they had won only one game.
Salma Paralluelo of Spain, aged 19, became the second teenager to score in a Women’s World Cup semi-final, after Kara Lang of Canada in 2003, also against Sweden.
There is something phenomenal about these scenes. It’s incredible that Spain left so many players at home, so many of their first team players. That’s crazy.
As a result of all that has happened, Spain has shown a level of togetherness that they have never shown in any tournament football before.