Spain defeated Sweden 2-1 in the 2023 World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, with three goals scored in the closing ten minutes, including goals from Paralluelo and Carmona, sending La Roja to the World Cup final for the first time in its history.
Spain is one step closer to scripting history. On Tuesday, August 15, La Roja qualified for the World Cup-2023 final. Late goals from La Roja lucky charm Salma Paralluelo and Olga Carmona helped Spain defeat Sweden.
From the start, the confrontation of two footballing cultures delivered on all of its promises. Sweden went into the camp of their young opponents by dominating the midfield and prevented the Spaniards from establishing themselves there. La Roja attempts long balls but is unable to locate Redondo.
Jorge Vilda’s players broke the lock just before the quarter-hour mark. Mariona Caldentey is launched to the left by Alexia Putellas. The Spanish winger sends a cross towards the far post, which Alba Redondo heads towards 5.50 meters. In disaster (10th), Amanda Ilestedt fights back. Carmona fires a cannonball from 26 meters that grazes Musovic’s (14th) post.
Technically more comfortable than the Swedes, the Spaniards have possession and are seeking for a flaw. The double Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas is established for the first time in the World Cup, but she is well taken by the Yellows and cannot make the difference.
The Spanish women’s national team advanced to the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
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Sweden assumes control.
Even the Swedes come out on top in the first half. Nathalie Björn intercepts Olga Carmona’s dangerous rise and swiftly modifies a cross. Rolfö hits a ground-level shot from the left that Cata Coll deflects with a great parade of gloves on his line (42nd).
The Swedes settle in the Roja part of the ground, riding the momentum at the finish of the first act. Björn, who is frequently serviced on his right side, floods the field with balls, but his crosses go unnoticed. Stina Blackstenius races past Irene Paredes and scores with a right-footed cross shot. Cata Coll (55th) blocks with ease. She deflects a strong center from Johanna Rytting Kaneryd barely in front of the Spanish goal a few minutes later to prevent a Swede from taking over (63rd).
Salma Paralluelo, who replaced Alexia Putellas in the game, intends to deliver hers, as she did in the quarter-finals. The Swedish defense fails to clear a Hermoso cross, and the Barcelonan takes possession in the first intention. His attempt is saved by Musovic’s little net (81st, 1-0).
Sweden did not surrender and scored six minutes later. Hurtig delivered on a cross from the left for Blomqvist, who crucified Coll in the area (87th, 1-1). But Spain trusted in its destiny, and Carmona armed his strike with his left foot on a corner. The ball is forceful and somewhat deflected before landing in the back of the net thanks to the crossbar (90th, 2-1).
Despite the Swedes’ desperate efforts during the seven minutes of extra time, the score remained unchanged. Sweden’s good streak comes to an end after defeating the previous two world champion teams. Spain, for its third participation, has the opportunity to add its name to the list of elite football championship winners.