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Spain made history by reaching their first ever Women’s World Cup semifinal after a dramatic 2-1 win over the Netherlands in extra time. The hero of the match was 19-year-old Salma Paralluelo, who scored the decisive goal in the 111th minute with a stunning strike from a tight angle.

We will take a closer look at how Spain beat the Netherlands and moved on to the last four of the tournament, where they will face either Japan or Sweden. We will also examine the key players and moments that shaped the outcome of this thrilling quarterfinal.

Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • Where is the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023?
  • How did Spain and the Netherlands reach the quarterfinals?
  • What were the main tactics and strategies of both teams?
  • Who were the standout performers and why?
  • How did Mariona Caldentey score from the penalty spot?
  • How did Stefanie van der Gragt equalize in stoppage time?
  • How did Salma Paralluelo score the winning goal in extra time?
  • What are the implications of this result for both teams?
  • What are the expectations and challenges for Spain in the semifinals?
  • What are some of the key statistics and facts from this match?

Where is the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, marking the first time that two countries have co-hosted the tournament. It is also the first edition to feature 32 teams, up from 24 in previous editions.

The tournament kicked off on July 20 and will conclude on August 20, with a total of 64 matches being played across nine host cities and ten stadiums. The opening match and opening ceremony took place at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, while the final will be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia.

The nine host cities and stadiums for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 are:

Host CityStadium
Auckland / Tāmaki MakaurauEden Park
Brisbane / MeaanjinBrisbane Stadium
Dunedin / ŌtepotiDunedin Stadium
Hamilton / KirikiriroaWaikato Stadium
Melbourne / NaarmMelbourne Rectangular Stadium
Perth / BoorlooPerth Rectangular Stadium
Sydney / GadigalStadium Australia and Sydney Football Stadium
Wellington / Te Whanganui-a-TaraWellington Stadium
Adelaide / TarntanyaHindmarsh Stadium

How did Spain and the Netherlands reach the quarterfinals?

Spain and the Netherlands were both drawn in Group C, along with Japan and Zambia. Spain finished second in the group with six points, behind Japan on goal difference. The Netherlands finished third with three points, ahead of Zambia on goal difference.

In their opening match, Spain faced Zambia, who were making their debut at the Women’s World Cup. Spain dominated the game and won 4-0, with goals from Jennifer Hermoso, Alba Redondo, Alexia Putellas and Aitana Bonmati. Zambia had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

In their second match, Spain faced Japan, who were one of the favorites to win the tournament. Japan proved to be too strong for Spain and won 4-0, with goals from Mana Iwabuchi, Yui Hasegawa, Mina Tanaka and Yuka Momiki. Spain had a penalty appeal turned down by VAR in the second half.

In their third match, Spain faced the Netherlands, who were the runners-up at the previous Women’s World Cup in 2019. Spain needed a draw to secure their place in the knockout stage, while the Netherlands needed a win to have a chance of advancing. The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate, with both teams creating few clear chances.

In the round of 16, Spain faced Switzerland, who were the winners of Group A. Spain controlled the game and won 2-0, with goals from Patri Guijarro and Mariona Caldentey. Switzerland had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half.

The Netherlands faced Norway, who were the runners-up of Group B. The Netherlands pulled off a surprise and won 2-1, with goals from Jill Roord and Vivianne Miedema. Norway had a goal disallowed for handball in the second half.