Spain secured their first-ever Women’s World Cup title by defeating England 1-0 in the final, with captain Olga Carmona netting the decisive goal. The match, held at Stadium Australia in Sydney, saw Spain as the superior team, creating more opportunities, including a missed penalty in the second half.
This victory marks a significant achievement for Jorge Vilda and the Spanish football federation, who stood by the coach despite 15 players expressing their unwillingness to represent the country under his leadership last year.
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman, facing consecutive final defeats, and her team, the reigning European champions, had limited grounds for complaint.
Spain becomes the fifth nation to claim the Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991, joining previous champions the United States, Germany, Norway, and Japan.
Playing in their secondary blue kit, England had an early chance in the fifth minute, but Lauren Hemp’s shot was easily saved by goalkeeper Cata Coll.
The game remained evenly contested until both sides had clear opportunities around the 15-minute mark. England’s Hemp struck the crossbar with a curling shot, while Spain’s Salma Paralluelo missed an opportunity in the six-yard box.
Spain took the lead in the 29th minute when Olga Carmona surged forward from left-back and struck a low, powerful shot into the net.
Despite England’s attempts, Spain maintained their advantage. England’s frustration was evident, and Hemp received a yellow card for a foul.
Spain could have extended their lead soon after halftime, but Earps denied Mariona Caldentey’s effort. A penalty was awarded to Spain through VAR, but Jennifer Hermoso’s attempt was comfortably saved by Earps.
Although 13 minutes of injury time were signaled at the end, Spain appeared more likely to score, and England’s hopes of securing their first World Cup title faded away.