The second victory for Spain at the 2023 Women’s World Cup will see the side qualify for the next round of the competition. The 5-0 demolition of Zambia has seen them top their group with an 8-goal advantage.
La Roja didn’t take long to find their rhythm, and they were ahead 2-0 after just 13 minutes. The first came from Teresa Abelleira, who received a feed from Alexia Putellas and hit the ball brilliantly into the top corner. After being reinstated to the starting lineup, the World Player of the Year found Jenni Hermoso at the far post for the second goal.
Following Alba Redondo’s first-ever World Cup goal, Hermoso would score again in the second half to give Spain 50 goals overall. With Ivana Andres and Irene Paredes containing Barbra Banda up front, Zambia rarely posed a danger, allowing Spain to make a break.
All three of their goals in the second half were scored when they slipped past the retreating Zambia defence. Five minutes from time, Redondo scored her second goal with a clinical finish following a pass into the middle.
In advance of their crucial meeting with Japan in the final round robin stage, the win propels Spain to the top of their group. Spain has already advanced to the next round with eight goals and zero goals against. With Japan second on the group C table with just a goal behind Spain, the Spaniards will top the group if the final game against Japan ends in a draw.
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