Spain beat Sweden to reach their first Women’s World Cup final in a thrilling finale in Auckland.
Captain Olga Carmona scored the winning goal in the 89th minute to spark wild scenes of jubilation among her Eden Park fans.
Sweden – who have now lost back-to-back World Cup semi-finals – had equalized through Rebecca Blomqvist with just 93 seconds left and it looked like the game would go into extra time.
There were plenty of chances unleashed when substitute Selma Baraluelo, 19, gave Spain the lead with just 10 minutes remaining.
They will face hosts England or Australia in the final in Sydney on Sunday.
While Spain’s players celebrated wildly on the field full time, Sweden fell to the ground as their World Cup dream came to an end.
There was little clue as to what would happen during the 80 minutes of the tight opening.
Spain coach Jorge Vilda has chosen to call up two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Botelas, whose minutes on the pitch have been limited as she returned from a serious knee injury.
And it was Potellas who drew the biggest cheer in the first half from a sold out crowd of 43,217 when she beat Manchester City’s Philippa Engeldahl.
It took until the 42nd minute for a first shot on goal, Sweden’s Fridolina Rulfo denied her third goal of the tournament through Barcelona teammate Kata Cole.
Spain dominated the ball but Sweden’s defense, which had been solid and resolute over the past month, frustrated their opponents for long periods, while the Swedes once again used a familiar weapon to try to break through.
Seven of their 11 goals in this tournament ahead of the semi-finals came from set pieces, but Cole, who had not started a senior game for Spain before the World Cup, held up well against Sweden’s corner kicks, which wreaked havoc in the area. previous matches.
Then came the explosive ending.
Baraloilo, who scored the winning goal in the quarter-final against the Netherlands, kept her composure for Spain’s lead before substitute Blomqvist scored the equaliser.
As extra time approached, Carmona sent Spain through with a shot that hit the crossbar after a corner kick.
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