Women's World Cup, Spain which was defeated by Japan


    Women's World Cup, Spain which was defeated by Japan

    ++[Women's World Cup] Spain, which was defeated by Japan, defeated the Netherlands and was the first to advance to the semifinals++

    2-1 win after extra time... The winner of the Japan-Sweden match and a clash in the quarterfinals

    Spain, which suffered a crushing loss to Japan in the group stage and lost face,

    was the first to step on the stage of the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    Spain defeated the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time in the quarterfinals of the tournament held at Wellington Stadium in New Zealand on the 11th.

    Spain, which was cruising with a sweeping victory (5-0) against Zambia following a clear victory (3-0)

    against Costa Rica in the first game of the tournament, lost 0-4 to Japan in the final match of Group C, and seemed to be in a bad mood.

    Regardless, Spain, which boasted firepower and won 5-1 against Switzerland in the round of 16,

    even defeated the Netherlands, the runner-up in the previous tournament, as a strong player in Europe.

    Spain, which advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time through this tournament, stepped on the stage of the quarterfinals without giving up, breaking its record once again.

    Spain has a record of 4 wins and 1 loss so far.

    Spain's opponent in the quarterfinals is the winner of the Japan-Sweden match that follows.

    As shown in various indicators such as the number of shots (28 to 10) and ball possession (62% to 38%),

    Spain took the initiative throughout the game and was on the offensive, but it failed to break the 0-0 balance until the end of the game.

    Then, in the 34th minute of the second half, the opposing defender's handball foul,

    which was trying to stop the cross, was declared after video reading (VAR), and he seized a golden opportunity.

    As a result, Mariona Caldentei opened the goal first with a penalty kick, but in the second half of the extra time,

    veteran center back Stephanie van der Gracht abruptly dug into the space behind the defense and scored a comeback with a cool right-footed shot.

    The joys of the two teams were split only in the 6th minute of the second half of extra time.

    Salma Parayuelo, who started running from the half-line, advanced to the penalty box at once, bypassed the defender with a trick, and then scored with a left-footed shot to decide the game.

    On this day, 32,021 people entered the Wellington Stadium to watch Spain win.




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