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FIFA Women’s World Cup Latest News : Spain beat Netherlands by 2-1

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In a heart-pounding clash, Spain has secured a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals for the very first time. The Spanish team’s remarkable journey reached new heights as they triumphed over the Netherlands in a gripping extra-time showdown in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

The decisive moment came from an unexpected source as teenage substitute Salma Paralluelo emerged as the hero, etching her name into the hearts of fans worldwide with a stunning goal in the 111th minute. The dramatic turn of events not only sent Spain through to the semifinals but also marked a fitting reward for their relentless determination throughout the match.

Teenage Sensation Seals Spain’s Semifinal Berth with Extra-Time Heroics

While Spain dominated possession and created a flurry of chances, victory was far from straightforward. Mariona Caldentey precisely struck from the penalty spot in the 81st minute, providing Spain with the deserved breakthrough. The team’s dominance was evident as they out-shot the Netherlands 18 to 6 during the original 90 minutes, a testament to their attacking prowess and relentless pursuit of victory.

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However, the Dutch team, led by resilient defender Stefanie van der Gragt, refused to yield. Van der Gragt, who had conceded the penalty that led to Spain’s opener, redeemed herself in spectacular fashion. With unwavering determination, she unleashed a fierce equalizer during the first of 12 minutes of added time, sending shockwaves through the stadium.

Spain’s Thrilling Extra-Time Triumph Paves the Way to Semifinals

As the final whistle of regular time echoed, the score remained level, setting the stage for a tense extra-time battle. Paralluelo’s heroics unfolded, propelling Spain to a historic victory that will be cherished for generations to come.

Now, Spain stands on the cusp of greatness, eagerly awaiting the outcome of Friday night’s second quarterfinal clash. The stage awaits a potential rematch against Japan, the team that had previously outclassed them with a 4-0 victory in the group phase. Alternatively, Spain might lock horns with Sweden, the conquerors of the formidable US team. All eyes are on the unfolding drama, and football enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the next chapter of this exhilarating FIFA Women’s World Cup journey.

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