SPAIN defeated Sweden 2-1 to reach their first FIFA Women’s World Cup final in a dramatic climax in Auckland, New Zealand today.
Captain Olga Carmon netted the winner one minute from time after Sweden had levelled the tie late on at at Eden Park.
Sweden — who have now lost back-to-back World Cup semi-finals — had equalised through Rebecka Blomqvist just two minutes earlier and the match had seemed destined for extra-time.
The closely-fought encounter had come alive when 19-year-old substitute Salma Paralluelo gave Spain the lead with just 10 minutes left on the clock.
Spain will face England or co-hosts Australia in the final in Sydney on Sunday.
The Spaniards are looking to complete the set of Women’s World Cup trophies after winning the U-17 version in 2018 and U-20 trophy last year.