Spain's 1-0 Women's World Championship victory evokes mixed emotions
Posted : 21 August 2023
Spain's historic victory in the Women's World Championship final is still resonating with joy and disbelief. The triumph, achieved in their tournament final debut, saw them overcome European champions England with a 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of Olga Carmona's goal. Despite 13 minutes of extra time, England failed to find the net, leading to Spain's momentous win.
Jenny Hermoso's missed penalty in the 70th minute added tension to the match, but Spain's victory made them the fifth team to win the Women's World Cup, following the footsteps of the United States, Germany, Norway, and Japan. The captain, Olga Carmona, emerged as the standout heroine, not only for her decisive goal but also for a poignant tribute hidden under her shirt— a dedication to a friend's mother who had passed away.
Barcelona's Itana Bonmati shone bright, winning the World Cup Ballon d'Or and securing the MVP honors after contributing significantly with three goals and two assists. Despite a rocky start involving demands for their coach's removal, Bonmati's journey culminated in triumph.
Coach Jorge Vilda expressed pride in the team's endurance and belief, while Jennifer Hermoso shared the surreal experience of realizing their dream and dedicated the victory to their families and Spain.
Prominent figures like BBC commentator Gary Lineker and former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas congratulated the Spanish team. Lineker acknowledged Spain's superiority, while Casillas celebrated the historic achievement.
The final also set an attendance record with 75,784 fans filling the stadium in Sydney, Australia, showcasing the immense interest and support for women's football. The overall World Cup attendance exceeded FIFA's expectations by around 500,000 spectators.
Despite England's loss, goalkeeper Mary Earps was a standout player, winning the Golden Glove title. Reflecting on the missed opportunity, she emphasized the competitive spirit of the team and their pride in reaching the final.
For England, the loss marked their first under coach Sarina Wiegman. Despite the disappointment, Wiegman acknowledged the team's performance and unity, highlighting their pride in their journey to the final.