The FIFA World Cup 2023 Australia-New Zealand, the biggest tournament in history, has come to a close with the victory of the ‘Invincibles’ Spain. With their victory, Spain became the first country to win a 바카라사이트 World Cup trophy for both men and women after Germany.
Spain beat England 1-0 in the final on Tuesday at Sydney Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia. It was the first time either team had reached the final of the Women’s World Cup, which began in 1991.
In the 29th minute, Spain’s Mario Caldentei won the ball in the halfway line and played it back to Olga Carmona, who was charging down the left flank. Seizing the opportunity, Carmona calmly slotted the ball into the England goal with her left foot.
England’s goalkeeper, Mary Epps, was outstanding, especially after conceding a penalty in the 19th minute, but Epps made a brilliant save to prevent further damage. A desperate England brought on Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putejas in the 45th minute, who had missed the tournament with a knee injury, but there was not enough time to turn the game around.
Spain, who were knocked out in the group stage at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, have been crowned champions four years after reaching the round of 16 at the 2019 tournament in France. The victory also avenged a heartbreaking loss to England in the quarterfinals of last year’s European Women’s Championship (Women’s Euro 2022).
Spain’s victory makes this World Cup one of the most successful in history. According to foreign media, 1,740,288 fans attended all 60 matches from the group stage to the quarterfinals, an average of 28,900, nearly 7,000 more than the 21,756 at the previous tournament in France in 2019. Today’s match was no exception, with 75,784 fans at the stadium’s maximum capacity.
The tournament was seen as a trigger for the popularity of women’s soccer, especially in the host country of Australia. Australian ratings agency Oztam reported that 7.13 million people tuned in to watch the Socceroos’ quarterfinal match against England. This is the largest audience since Oztam began tracking viewership in 2001. Following the tournament, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced an A$200 million ($172 million) investment in women’s sports, including soccer. “This World Cup has been a game-changer for women’s sport and has set a new standard,” Albanese said. “Every Australian woman should be supported to find the facilities she needs and play the sport she loves.”