FIFA WWC 2023: Carmona's Solitary Strike Crowns Spain World Champion

Spain has beaten the three lionesses of England 1-0 to secure women's World Cup glory.

Real Madrid's winger Olga Carmona García netted the lone goal of the encounter on Sunday in Australia to secure the La Roja their first women's world cup trophy in a game that saw Mary Earps save Jennifer Hermoso's penalty.

FIFA WWC 2023: Carmona's Solitary Strike Crowns Spain World Champion

Both Spain and England were in their first World Cup final and hoping to cap off a remarkable World Cup campaign in style.

Spain looked the better side in the opening half an hour, and Olga Carmona's left-footed strike at the 29th minute made the difference at pause.

Sarina Wiegman's lionesses were second best throughout much of the encounter, and the tactician quickly made a double substitution early in the second segment, with  Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly ceding their places to Lauren James and Chloe Kelley, respectively.

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Spain had the chance to double their lead with 20 minutes left to play, but Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps dived the right way to deny Jennifer Hermoso from the spot.

England's first real chance came with less than 10 minutes of regulation time left to play when the returning Lauren James hit from a tight angle, but her shot was splashed over the crossbar by Spain's goalkeeper Catalina Coll.

Spain came under immense pressure in the 13 added minutes, but Aitana Bonmati and mates held tight to secure their first World Cup trophy.

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