Participant scores as Lionesses crushed in Girls’s World Cup last

Spain deservedly beat England to win the 2023 Girls’s World Cup in a tense last that went proper to the wire in Sydney regardless of a heroic penalty save from Mary Earps late on as captain Olga Carmona netted the one aim within the first half.

As was at all times to be anticipated, Spain managed the vast majority of possession. Ona Batlle additionally posed a menace as an out ball down proper on a number of events early on, though it was England who first went closest to a aim when Lauren Hemp curled a shot onto the crossbar quarter-hour in.

Moments later, Earps made an enormous save to disclaim Alba Redondo’s again put up volley, however Salma Paralluelo had first failed to attach with the better probability in the midst of the six-yard field. Hemp then did not strike a shot with conviction within the end-to-end exchanges.

England had loved extra touches in Spain’s field, but it was the spectacular Carmona who drew first blood. Lucy Bronze had failed to trace again after shedding the ball in a nasty space and the Spanish captain drove forwards down the left, firing low and onerous into the far nook.

Buoyed by the aim, Spain had been selecting passes slightly higher within the attacking third as the primary half progressed. Irene Paredes snatched at a volley from an excellent place after a surprisingly poor Millie Brilliant clearance, whereas Paralluelo struck the foot of the put up in first-half stoppage time.

Figuring out the drastic want for her group to do one thing totally different, Sarina Wiegman distributed with 3-4-1-2 at half-time in favour of bringing again 4-3-3. Lauren James and Chloe Kelly had been each added to the fold, with Jess Carter transferring throughout from proper centre-back to left-back.

But it surely was nonetheless Spain who got here ahead with the primary probability of the half, as Mariona Caldentey compelled an excellent low save from Earps after giving Bronze the runaround. Hemp missed the prospect to equalise when Kelly fired in a shocking cross from the suitable, but Spain’s dominance continued when Aitana Bonmati burst ahead and narrowly missed the goal with a long-range drive.

Earps stored England within the last when she denied Hermoso from the penalty spot, guessing proper after a prolonged VAR verify penalised a handball from Keira Walsh.

England had been spurred on however could not choose their means by way of a resilient Spain defence, whereas any momentum was promptly halted when Alex Greenwood wanted prolonged therapy for a head harm following an unintentional collision with Paralluelo.

If something, Spain had the higher probabilities to attain the following aim as time ticked away. Solely a flying Jess Carter block denied Hermoso, whereas Earps outwitted former clubmate Batlle to save lots of along with her toes.

Even with Millie Brilliant thrown up entrance in 13 minutes of stoppage time, England could not discover a means by way of and the Spanish group had been solely too glad to eat up the remainder of the clock by drawing fouls.


Olga Carmona

Olga Carmona put Spain forward / Maryam Majd/GettyImages

GK: Cata Coll – 6/10 – Would have anticipated to be busier than she was ultimately. Made an enormous declare from a one hundred and fifth minute nook to successfully finish the sport.

RB: Ona Batlle – 7/10 – Obtained ahead repeatedly to constructive impact a number of occasions.

CB: Irene Paredes – 7/10 – Stood up the challenges that England introduced.

CB: Laia Codina – 5/10 – Handed extraordinarily effectively however regarded the weak hyperlink within the Spanish again 4.

LB: Olga Carmona (c) – 8/10 – Carried the ball ahead a number of occasions with driving runs just a few occasions earlier than opening the scoring with a superb end.

CM: Aitana Bonmati – 8/10 – Grew into the sport rather well to trigger all kinds of issues for England after a surprisingly quiet begin on the periphery. The largest distinction between the groups.

CM: Teresa Abelleira – 8/10 – Stored issues ticking over within the coronary heart of Spain’s midfield and made it powerful for England to play by way of the center.

CM: Jenni Hermoso – 7/10 – Was beginning to dictate play for Spain after her group went forward, however could not beat Earps from the spot to make it 2-0.

RW: Alba Redondo – 6/10 – Pressured an excellent early save out of Earps at 0-0.

ST: Salma Paralluelo – 8/10 – Given the nod forward of Alexia Putellas. Motion was powerful to trace for England defenders and even hit the put up on the stroke of half-time.

LW: Mariona Caldentey – 7/10 – Pressed effectively out of possession to try to pressure defensive errors. Solely a prime save from Earps stopped her doubling Spain’s lead quickly after the break.


SUB: Oihane Hernandez (60′ for Redondo) – 6/10

SUB: Ivana Andres (73′ for Codina) – 6/10

SUB: Alexia Putellas (90′ for Caldentey) – N/A

Subs not used: Rodriguez (GK), Salon (GK), Rocio, Perez, Guerrero, Zornoza, Navarro, Gonzalez, Del Castillo


Jorge Vilda – 7/10 – Made the massive name pre-game by bringing Paralluelo into the beginning XI and dropping Putellas to the bench.

Mary Earps

Mary Earps stopped England shedding extra closely / Maryam Majd/GettyImages

GK: Mary Earps – 8/10 – Made an necessary early save from Redondo when it was simpler for the Spain ahead to attain. Stored her group within the recreation with different stops too, together with from the penalty spot.

CB: Jess Carter – 8/10 – Confirmed her versatility by switching to left-back after the interval. An excellent block within the 89th minute summed up her whole World Cup.

CB: Millie Brilliant (c) – 6/10 – Commanding within the air. Completed the sport up entrance.

CB: Alex Greenwood – 7/10 – Wanted patching up after struggling a nasty lower to the top late on. Did not move as precisely as she usually does however was fired up defensively.

RM: Lucy Bronze – 4/10 – Ran her means into hassle when Spain went forward, shedding the ball, leaving area behind her and making no effort to trace again and get well. Poor defensively total.

CM: Georgia Stanway – 7/10 – Took up a deeper screening position to try to restrict Spain’s choices. Tackled with chew and tenacity as ordinary.

CM: Keira Walsh – 6/10 – A bit of unlucky to concede a penalty however can have few complaints within the letter of the legislation. Not as influential as she could be.

LM: Rachel Daly – 6/10 – Wanted to remain defensively sharp with the fixed menace from Batlle. Nearly gained that battle over 45 minutes, earlier than being sacrificed tactically.

AM: Ella Toone – 5/10 – Initially occupied good positions within the pockets of area between Spain’s traces, however light from prominence because the Spanish took extra management.

ST: Alessia Russo – 5/10 – Labored onerous however did not see loads of the ball and was a casualty of the necessity to change issues up at half-time.

ST: Lauren Hemp – 7/10 – Struck the crossbar early on and was England’s most constant menace.


SUB: Lauren James (46′ for Daly) – 6/10

SUB: Chloe Kelly (46′ for Russo) – 6/10

SUB: Bethany England (87′ for Toone) – N/A

Subs not used: Roebuck (GK), Hampton (GK), Charles, Wubben-Moy, Morgan, Coombs, Zelem, Nobbs, Robinson


Sarina Wiegman – 6/10 – Rolled the cube at half-time with a formation change, however her group simply did not have it on the day.

Participant of the match – Aitana Bonmati (Spain)