Spain has triumphed over Sweden by a score of 2-1 to automatically qualify for the Women’s World Cup finals slated for Sunday.
Carmona’s 90th-minute strike from long range pinged off the crossbar and into the goal, two minutes after Rebecka Blomqvist levelled the match for Sweden in front of a baying crowd of 43,217 at Eden Park.
In a thrilling turn of events, it was the 19-year-old sensation Salma Paralluelo who ignited the Spanish team with a remarkable strike in the 81st minute. With this opening goal, she injected a much-needed burst of energy into what had previously been a cautious and tense match.
Spain’s triumph has rewritten the annals of their sporting history. Never before had the Spanish side advanced beyond the round of 16 in this prestigious tournament. However, defying all odds, they have now secured their spot in the ultimate showdown, vying for the coveted crown of greatness.
Sweden, who have now lost back-to-back World Cup semi-finals, had equalised through Rebecka Blomqvist just 93 seconds earlier, and it looked like the match would be going to extra time.
Spain will watch tomorrow’s clash between hosts Australia and the European defending champions, and the winner will face off with the Spain on Sunday.