Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 10:45
Spain are through to the FIFA Women's World Cup final after late drama sealed a dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday morning.
Jorge Vilda's side showed great determination and resilience against an opponent which eliminated reigning champions USA in the round of 16, keeping their cool - and possession - in the face of an opponent which kept the game compact and limited to very few chances.
In the end, the breakthrough came with just ten minutes left on the clock when Barcelona winger Salma Paralluelo put La Roja ahead with a right-footed shot from inside the area.
However, just as the prospect of Spain's first-ever final looked within reach, more drama arrived - Sweden's Rebecka Blomqvist levelled the scores just seven minutes later with an effort from a similar position.
Extra time seemed to be inevitable once more until Olga Carmona saw her chance to write her name into the history books. Following a corner kick, the Real Madrid full-back kept her composure to recycle the play, firing a left-footed effort from outside the area past keeper Zećira Mušović.
Jorge Vilda's side now await either co-hosts Australia or European champions England in the final, which will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Sunday (20 August).
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