World champions shine in the middle of the storm | Video
The Spanish Women's National Team won, 3-2, this Friday at Sweden at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg in the first match of the world champions after Luis Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso at the 2023 Australia and New Zealand World Cup awards ceremony.
Without Hermoso in the squad, Spain won thanks to goals from Athenea del Castillo, Eva Navarro, and Mariona Caldentey, who scored a penalty in the last seconds, and took the lead in group A4 of the UEFA Nations League.
“We are footballers, but we have had to get it into our heads that "We can't just be footballers.", commented Alexia Putellas in the preview of the match. But Spain showed its resistance and fight. Although Magdalena Eriksson overtook Sweden, the Iberians did not allow them to take revenge after winning the World Cup Semifinal.
In her first match as a coach, Montse Tomé, He made four changes to the starting eleven for the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Final. Three changes forced by injuries and the entry of Alexia Putellas in Jenni Hermoso's place.
With only two work sessions and almost no time to think about football or sleep between so many meetings, the duel began between two of the best teams in the world, who before the game jointly displayed the slogan “It's over” (created to support Hermoso) and the message “our fight is a global fight”.
Spain came out aggressively in search of Zecira Musovic's goal, in which Aitana Bonmatí, Olga Carmona and Athenea del Castillo did not take long to look for the shot on goal, but the accumulation of Nordic players prevented the Spanish offensives from finishing.
Sweden, organized at the back, emerged from the high pressure of the Spanish to attack with an attentive Asllani in the center of the field who distributed the game intelligently and also recovered balls. The Spanish women could not understand each other, and Sweden took advantage of the fatigue to do damage.
After two chances from Angeldal and Rytting Kaneryd that went wide. At 23', Eriksson He finished off with a header and scored the first goal of the night.
Spain, led by the quality of Putellas and Athenea, tried to recover from the blow. And she got it fifteen minutes later.
Del Castillothe only player on the list who did want to be in the squad, gave Spain the tie with a shot from the edge of the area that beat Musovi.
In the final minutes of the first half, Cata Coll prevented Sweden from taking the lead again with a great save against Angeldal.
After the break, the players led by Tomé showed a better version, but they ran into a great version of Musovic.
The World Champions managed to control and calm the game. She knocked and knocked on the door Spain, who found a dagger between the lines in the newly incorporated Eva Navarro, that in the 77th minute put the visitors ahead with a brilliant strike.
But Sweden wanted revenge and Hurtig took advantage of a loose ball in the area to tie the score again in the 82nd minute.
In added time, Amaiur Sarriegi was brought down inside the area by Ilestedt, who saw the red card, and Mariona was in charge of taking the penalty. The Spanish did not fail and in the last play of the match 'La Roja' won 3-2.
The reactions at the end of the match were very positive regardless of the context of the RFEF. Tome, who replaced Jorge Vildashowed all his joy during the press conference.
Pedro Sanchezacting president of the Spanish Government, declared that the players led by Tomé are “a pride for Spain“.
(With information from EFE)
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