Late drama as Spain reach FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

Spain celebrate winner v Sweden in WWC2023 semi-final
Spain’s players celebrate after Olga Carmona’s winning goal. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Spain edged Sweden 2-1 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-finals in front of 43,217 at New Zealand’s Eden Park.

Olga Carmona fired narrowly wide for Spain, team-mate Alexia Putellas saw her cross crucially headed away from danger by Magdalena Eriksson.

Fridolina Rolfo had the game’s first shot on target close to half-time, her volley was turned round the post by Cata Coll.

Alba Redondo hit the side-netting for Spain despite laying on the deck at the time, before Salma Paralluelo put the ball the right side of the post as Sweden failed to clear Jenni Hermoso’s cross.

Lina Hurtig headed down for Rebecka Blomqvist to equalise with a half-volley in the 87th minute, only for Spain to swiftly retake the lead as Carmona netted via the underside of the bar.

Spain now await the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final between England and Australia in Sunday’s final in Sydney.

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