Mumbai: Spain defeated England 1-0 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 final in Sydney on Sunday. With this, they created history by winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time.
Olga Carmona scored the only goal in the final. Both Spain and England were playing their first final in FIFA Women’s World Cup history.
Spain quickly placed a counterattack after England lost control in the middle of the pitch, and Carmona skillfully drilled the ball into the goal from the left side of the area.
Spain’s hegemony persisted, and their constant pressure resulted in the awarding of a penalty soon after the hour mark. The referee pointed to the spot after Keira Walsh’s handball in the middle of the pitch. Mary Earps, the custodian for England, displayed her talent by diving to her left and stopping Jennifer Hermoso’s penalty kick.
Sarina Wiegman, the England coach, deliberately substituted numerous players, including attacker Lauren James, in an effort to change the momentum. Despite their best attempts, England was unable to score a tying goal, allowing Spain to maintain their advantage and win their first major championship.
This victory over England in front of an amazing audience of more than 76,000 has tremendous significance for Jorge Vilda and the Spanish Football Federation. Vilda’s tenacity has paid off, despite encountering resistance from about 15 players last year who indicated their unwillingness to play for him as their captain.
Following in the footsteps of Germany, USA, Norway, and Japan, Spain has now become the fifth country and the third European nation to claim victory in the Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991.