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2023 WWC: Spain Edge England To Land First-Ever World Cup Title

2023 WWC: Spain Edge England To Land First-Ever World Cup Title

Spain are the new FIFA women’s World Cup champions after beating Three Lionesses of England 1-0 in Sunday’s final.

Spain are the fifth team to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup, after USA (4), Germany (2), Norway (1) and Japan (1).

Prior to this year’s edition, Spain had only ever won one match at the tournament.

They are crowned world champions despite making their third appearance after making their debut at the 2015 edition in Canada.

At the 2015 World Cup they crashed out in the group stage and reached the round of 16 in 2019.

In Sunday’s final, Olga Carmona was the hero for Spain as she scored the title-winning goal in the 29th minute.

With 20 minutes left Spain had the opportunity to double their lead but Jennifer Hermoso saw her penalty saved.

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  • pompei 10 months ago

    Oh well. The cup refused to come home.
    Again. 🙂

  • Omo9ja 10 months ago

    Congratulations to Spain. Indeed, they are the best in this tournament.

    I just finished watching the highlights of the final match, and I believe the Africa team still has a long way to go.

    No disrespect to African players, but when we talk of football sense, they are not there at all.

    Going forward, the solution to the problem is, our African players have to believe in themselves and also train themselves individually to achieve this because coach can not teach you how you solve each charge you are facing on the pitch.

    FIFA would prefer England to Spain to win the World Cup, but destiny can not change.

    Fanterbulous victory. Congratulations, Spain. I hope our ladies have learned one or two things in this tournament.

    I don’t think so because if the coach Waldrum and his players brought the experience they had against Morocco to the match against England, the result would have been different. It is never too late to learn from the past mistakes, though. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 10 months ago

    Sorry for my typos. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • The passing, composure, possession, soo beautiful to watch, despite missing out on their 15 regular players, only 3 were selected,.. Beautiful football culture, Under 17s world champions, under 20s world champions as well.. Congratulations to Spain

  • I said it and so it has happened. Congratulations La Rojas. England has a master tactician but in terms of individual talents and overall team quality of the semifinalists, in my opinion, Spain tops it, followed by Sweden, then England and Australia.

    • I was eagerly waiting for your comment. Well done to Spain. I remember warning someone to look out for Spain in this tournament. Under 17, Under 20 and now world champions in women’s football currently is no coincidence.

      England will be disappointed but in my books, they are champions and currently the unofficial best team in women’s football.

      As for Nigeria, quarter finalist in Under 20, third place in under 17 and second rounder in senior women’s football shows we too are on the right track. If we put our house in order, we can definitely improve on those positions across all levels in the coming 4 seasons leading up to 2027.

      • Hahahaha, deo, you were waiting for my comment. Yes o, I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I was surprised you hadn’t commented earlier too. But tbh, I have been dancing skelewu since 1 pm. I now feel compensated for the clear penalty Nigeria was denied when they shoved Alozie to the ground in the 18-year-yard box. Ref refused to check VAR (despite the SF brief protests), which would likely have awarded a penalty. England shouldn’t have been in the QF in the first place. I’ve been praying for their luck to run out since the QF. I still believe any of these teams will beat England today in a VAR-fair game: Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan, USA, and Nigeria.

        As for Nigeria, I think we should be aiming for the trophy or gold medal at our next outings. I was surprised this was only the 3rd outing for Spain and that they’ve never even made it to the semis previously. Plus as @Felix mentioned up there the coach bravely left out some of their most experienced players just to maintain team harmony. Phenomenal stuff.

        • Greenturf 10 months ago

          I was very,very surprised that it wasn’t given as a penalty.I was left stunned by the officials.Besides,no one spoke about the penalty after the lose to England.I wrote about it but forum members even Nigerian sports journalists didn’t bother.
          It was so glaring but the refree just waved it aside like the contact wasn’t enough but the commentators was surprised it wasn’t given according to the two commentators covering the game that was a clear penalty.
          I was disappointed VAR didn’t call the refree to review the incident or they did but the refree decided otherwise!That decision wouldn’t be overlooked if it was against Nigeria i’m sure about that,who knows where the falcons could have finished had the penalty given!

          • Exactly, Greenturf. A penalty call that was as clear as day. The ref just waved it aside like it didn’t happen, almost like saying “That’s compensation for England for VAR overturning the dubious penalty she awarded them earlier.”

            I’m sure VAR called her attention but she bluntly refused to heed it. It was my main grouse against England. I felt they stole that victory from Nigeria. I was surprised they got to the final. England struggled against this same Spanish team in the Euros and were lucky to edge them out, coming from behind to win in the dying minutes. They’re good but they’ve had luck with them too; and luck eventually runs out.

          • Chima E Samuels 10 months ago

            @naijabias on YouTube complained about it but it’s NFF who’s to blame because they’re the incompetent lots who never defends the country against ill treatment from Caf and fifa officials.

  • Mahmud Shuaib 10 months ago

    Something about SPAIN and DELIBERATE DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMMES that I suggest NIGERIA takes a cue from.

    SPAIN has won MEN’S EUROS, SENIOR WORLD CUP and have done same in WOMEN’S WC

  • pompei 10 months ago

    Right after their first game, I also mentioned that a certain player named Paralluelo would make an impact in the tournament. Based on her performances at Barcelona Femeni alongside Agba Baller and other team mates, it was obvious to me that she is a special talent.
    The left-footed playmaker did not quite explode like I expected, but she still made a huge impact, scoring the winning goals for Spain in the quarter finals and semi finals. And at just age 19, if you take a look inside her trophy cabinet, you will find winners medals for the U17, U20, and now the biggest prize of all, the world cup with no under tag. The real world cup. At just 19 years of age.
    Equatorial Guinea will be wondering what might have been, as she was also eligible to play for them.
    Salma Paralluelo. If she remains in good health, that’s a name that will keep popping up for the next decade and beyond.

  • pompei 10 months ago

    The fascinating thing about this game of football is how unpredictable it can be.
    At the end of it all, what matters most is not the result of one game, but where a team ends up in the end.
    Germany thrashed Morocco 6 nil in their opening game. At the conclusion of the group stage matches, Germany were heading home, and the same Morocco they destroyed had obtained their ticket to the next round.
    Australia lost 3-2 to Nigeria in their group game. At the end of the tournament, the Aussies finished 4th, while Nigeria was out in the round of 16.
    Japan dispatched Spain 4 nil in their group game. In that game, the Japanese toyed with Spain, and proved superior to them, so superior, the scores did not flatter them at all. It was a well deserved result. Fast forward to the end of the tournament, Spain have the trophy, and Japan are empty handed.
    I thought Japan were really good. It seems so unfair that they end up with nothing. So I hereby plead with FIFA to please forward a honorary tea cup to Japan in recognition of their fine performances at this tournament.

    • Hahahahaha. I love the play on words. Don’t you think Nigeria too deserve some tea cups too at least for their gutsy performance and pulling an upset and on the verge of another shocker before it was snatched from under their nose?

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