For the first time in history: the first finalist at the Women's World Cup is determined in a fierce shootout
For the first time in its history, the Spanish national team will play in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup. This became known after the Furia Roja dramatically defeated Sweden in an incredible shootout at the end of the match in Australia and New Zealand - 2-1.
For the Spaniards, reaching the 1/2 finals was a historic achievement, as they had never played at this stage before. The match did not please the audience with a large number of goal-scoring chances, but its ending fully compensated for the expectations of football fans.
Furia Roja, who were considered favourites, opened the scoring in the 81st minute. After a cross from the left, Salma Paralluela headed the ball into the net from 10 metres. Seven minutes later, the Scandinavians responded with a precise strike from Rebecca Blomqvist and seemed to take the game into overtime.
However, in some 75 seconds, Olga Carmona scored a magnificent shot from the penalty area under the crossbar, which led her team to the final of the 2023 World Cup. The Spanish national team will compete for the gold medal with the winners of the Australia-England match.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup set an absolute historical record in world football.
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