Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2023. 2:03 pm CST.
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By Aaron Humes: Left back Olga Carmona delivered what would be the winner in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the first half of an open encounter, leading Spain to a 1-0 win over England, ESPN reports.
The European champions opened as slight favorites and nearly opened the scoring when Lauren Hemp struck the crossbar with a left-foot strike from Rachel Daly’s pass 20 yards out.
The teams exchanged chances before Spain took the lead when they capitalized on Lucy Bronze losing the ball in midfield.
England chased but struggled to gain a foothold as Spain dominated possession. La Roja looked closer to doubling their lead as Salma Paralluelo hit the post in the 45th minute, Caldentey had a shot well-saved by Earps and Aitana Bonmatí sent an effort over from 20 yards before. England gave away a penalty on handball but Jenni Hermoso failed to score from the spot as goalkeeper Mary Earps dived low to her left to keep out the Spain forward’s penalty.
Lionesses coach Sarina Wiegman made a change at half-time in an attempt to turn the tide by replacing Alessia Russo and Daly with Chloe Kelly and Lauren James, but the switch made little impact as Spain continued to control the game, ultimately holding out.
Losing boss Wiegman said the team could nonetheless be proud of themselves after dispatching Haiti, China, Denmark, Nigeria, Colombia, and co-hosts Australia in that order to reach the final.
Sweden, losing semifinalists to Spain, defeated Australia in the third-place match on Saturday.
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