Spain beat Netherlands 2-1 in the opening quarter-final game of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand on Thursday. The 19-year-old scored a spectacular game-winning goal to earn his side a historic semi-final berth.
FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals: Spain beat Netherlands 2-1
Spain’s teenage winger Salma Parluelo came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 111th minute.
Spain beat the Netherlands 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time.
Spain’s Mariona Caldentey scored the first goal in the 81st minute to take a 1-0 lead against the Netherlands.
The Netherlands’ Stefanie van de Gragt scored the first goal in the 90+1 minute to make it 1-1 against Spain.
Salma Celeste Paralluelo Ayingono scored Spain’s second goal in the 111th minute to seal the win against the Netherlands.
Parluelo scored in extra time to propel the Spain women to their first major semi-final for 26 years.
Parluelo said in the statement, “It means everything to me, it was a unique moment, there was a lot of excitement… I am very happy.”
Coach Jorge Vilda said, “We went into extra time, but the team kept believing.”
Spain vs Netherlands summary
Spain’s Salma Parluelo scored in the 111′ against the Netherlands.
The Netherlands’ Stefanie van der Gragt scored against Spain in the 90+1′.
Spain’s Maria Francisca Caldanti Oliver scored in the 81′ against the Netherlands.
Stephanie van der Gragt fired away from the crowd to score the game-tying goal into the left side of the net for the Netherlands.
Spain and the Netherlands have moved up to No. 3 and No. 2 respectively in the World Cup Power Rankings. There were three Golden Boot favorites in Thursday’s match, including Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso and Alba Redondo, as well as Netherlands’ Jill Roord.
Spain XI: Cata Coll (GK), Oihane Hernandez, Irene Paredes, Laia Codina, Ona Batlle, Teresa Abelleira, Aitana Bonmati, Jennifer Hermoso, Alba Redondo, Mariona Caldentey, Esther Gonzalez
Netherlands XI: Daphne van Domselaar (GK), Stefanie van der Gragt, Dominique Janssen, Jill Roord, Sherida Spitse (C), Jackie Groenen, Victoria Pelova, Damaris Egurrola, Esmee Brugts, Lineth Beerensteyn, Lieke Martens