Spain defeats Netherlands to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals
After an embarrassing loss to Japan in the group stage, Spain have become the first team to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.
Spain defeated the Netherlands 2-1 after extra-time in the quarterfinals of the tournament today (Nov. 11) at 텍사스홀덤 Wellington Stadium in New Zealand.
After cruising to a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica in their first game of the tournament, followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Zambia, Spain looked to be on a downward spiral after going down 0-4 in their final Group C match against Japan.
Undaunted, however, the Spaniards came out firing on all cylinders in their Round of 16 match against Switzerland, securing a 5-1 victory that also saw the European powerhouse defeat defending tournament runners-up the Netherlands.
Reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in the tournament, Spain came from behind to reach the semifinals, matching their best ever performance.
Spain’s quarterfinal opponent will be the winner of the Japan-Sweden match that follows.
Despite dominating possession throughout the match, as evidenced by shots on goal (28 to 10), ball possession (62% to 38%), and other metrics, Spain was unable to break the 0-0 scoreline until the final minute.
Then, in the 34th minute of the second half, a golden opportunity presented itself when a handball by an opposing defender attempting to clear a cross was ruled out after video assistant referee (VAR) review.
Mariona Caldentei opened the scoring from the resulting penalty kick, but the Netherlands responded in stoppage time when veteran center back Stephanie Vanderhraagt found space behind the defense and unleashed a cool right-footed strike.
It wasn’t until the sixth minute of extra time that the two teams were even.
After sprinting from the halfway line, Spaniard Salma Paraguay made quick work of the penalty box before using a deceptive move to get past a defender before slotting home a left-footed finish to seal the game.
Thirty-two thousand two hundred and twenty-one people were in attendance at Wellington Stadium to witness the Spanish victory.