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Spain Triumphs Over Netherlands, Sweden Secures Win Against Japan in FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals

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FiFa world cup, Sweden advances to the semifinals, eliminating 2011 Women’s World Cup champions Japan with a 2-1 triumph. This sets the stage for a showdown with Spain, who also secured their place with a similar 2-1 extra-time victory over the Netherlands.

Following their intense quarterfinal victory in a penalty shootout against the United States, Sweden appeared poised for a more comfortable win against Japan.

Sweden Secures Semifinal Spot with Gritty Win Over Japan

FiFa world cup, Defender Amanda Ilestedt found the net amidst a goalmouth scramble, while Filippa Angeldal confidently converted a penalty on either side of halftime, propelling Sweden to a commanding 2-0 advantage by the 52nd minute.

Japan, however, experienced a resurgence following this setback, spurred by the introduction of Riko Ueki, which injected fresh energy into their game.

Breaking their silence in the 71st minute, Japan managed their first shot on target, gaining momentum. The tide shifted further when a challenge on led to a penalty, presenting a promising opportunity. Ueki’s strike, directed towards Swedish goalkeeper Zećira Mušović, ricocheted off the crossbar, with her subsequent header floating harmlessly over the goal.

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FiFa world cup Sweden’s Fortunate Streak Holds in Intense Match Against Japan

Sweden’s fortunate streak endured as Aoba Fujino launched a powerful free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, striking the crossbar. The ensuing rebound struck Zećira Mušović on the back of her head before deflecting onto the post and eventually bouncing along the goal line, narrowly escaping into safety.

Undeterred, Japan persisted with their offensive efforts, and their determination paid off when substitute Honoka Hayashi found the net in the 87th minute. However, despite a frenzied ten minutes of added time, they were unable to secure the equalizing goal.

Spanish Teen Shines as Spain Clinches Semifinal Spot

In Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara, a remarkable performance from Spanish teenager Salma Paralluelo, who came on as a substitute, saw her net a crucial goal in the 111th minute, propelling a dominant Spain into the final four. Despite their control over possession and numerous opportunities, Spain had to put in substantial effort to secure the victory.

Spain’s Mariona Caldentey converted an 81st-minute penalty, appearing to secure a well-deserved win. Throughout the initial 90 minutes, Spain outperformed the Netherlands, amassing 18 shots compared to the Netherlands’ six.

However, Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt, responsible for the handball that led to Spain’s opening penalty, redeemed herself with a fiercely struck equalizer in the first minute of the 12 minutes of stoppage time. This set the stage for an additional 30 minutes of extra time, intensifying the contest.

FiFa world cup Spain’s Historic Triumph Amidst Tough Battle: Coach Vilda’s Pride and Determination Shine

We have achieved a milestone that we’ve never reached before, and we’ve achieved it while playing an impressive game,” commented Spain’s coach, Jorge Vilda, with evident pride.

“This team is firmly convinced that we can go even further… As you can see, our celebrations are a testament to that spirit. While we continue to create history, it’s worth noting that this match was tougher than it might have appeared.”

Spain, the sole remaining team in this World Cup that did not lead their group, displayed dominance throughout the match. With 12 shots compared to the Netherlands’ solitary attempt and a 62% possession rate in the first half, the score remarkably remained level at 0-0 by half-time.

A breathtaking moment occurred in the 17th minute as Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar made a stunning save, deflecting an Alba Redondo header onto the post. The same post denied Redondo’s subsequent follow-up attempt, creating a tense scramble eventually cleared by the Netherlands.

Despite Spain’s persistent efforts, the first half ended goalless. Spain thought they had found the net later in the half, but VAR correctly determined that Esther González was offside.

FiFa world cup Spanish Dominance Persists Amidst Controversy: Spain Edges Netherlands in Thrilling Encounter

FiFa world cup, The narrative of Spanish supremacy remained unbroken after the halftime interval, as a mere 16 seconds into the second half, Spain’s first opportunity materialized. Esther González skillfully controlled the ball at the edge of the penalty area, curling a shot narrowly wide of the upright.

Despite Spain’s command over the game, the Netherlands believed they were unjustly denied a penalty opportunity that could have opened the scoring. Lineth Beerensteyn was brought down by Irene Paredes from behind in the penalty area, seemingly deserving of a spot-kick. However, referee Stéphanie Frappart’s decision to award the penalty was astonishingly reversed after VAR intervention.

Dutch coach Andries Jonker expressed dissatisfaction, stating, “I believe the VAR did not fulfill its duty correctly. [Spain] deserved their victory, but this ruling was erroneous. It was a mistake.”

Adding to the frustration, Spain soon broke the deadlock. Mariona Caldentey confidently converted from the spot after Stefanie van der Gragt’s handball. Despite van der Gragt being positioned outside the box when her arm made contact with the ball, the handball was within the penalty area, leading to the correct award of a penalty.

Undeterred by falling behind, the Dutch retaliated as van der Gragt swiftly equalized. She latched onto a through ball and unleashed a powerful shot at 100kph from outside the area, leaving goalkeeper Cata Coll with no chance and setting the stage for extra time.

In the latter stages of extra time, Beerensteyn had two promising opportunities to secure the lead for the Netherlands, but her efforts went astray.

The Dutch paid dearly for these missed chances when teenage sensation Salma Paralluelo surged through on goal and impressively found the net off the post, clinching victory for Spain.

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