Spain are the FIFA Women’s World Cup champions after defeating England 1-0 in a thrilling final at Stadium Australia on Sunday night.
Captain Olga Carmona scored the only goal of the game with a brilliant finish midway through the first half.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps saved a second-half penalty to keep her side in it, but the Matildas conquerors failed hit the back of the net despite a number of glorious chances.
The English pushed out for an equaliser, but Spain successfully negotiated an extraordinary 13 minutes of stoppage time to seal their first major title in front of a sellout crowd of 75,784.
It caps an extraordinary tournament for Spain, whose entire campaign was overshadowed by last year’s player revolt against coach Jorge Vilda that led to 15 players stepping away from the national team.
Olga Carmona celebrates her winning goal. Credit: Getty Images
In a frantic opening to the match, Lauren Hemp had an early chance but shot straight at keeper Cata Coll before going close minutes later with a thunderous strike that cannoned off the crossbar.
Alba Redondo had Spain’s best opening in the chaotic start but her shot was well saved before Hemp had another chance to open the scoring.
The goal came after a turnover in the middle ended up with Mariona Caldentey, who delayed her pass before delivering a perfectly weighted through ball to a Carmona.
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The Spanish captain still had plenty to do but produced a clinical finish that left England keeper Mary Earps with no chance.
Spain almost doubled their lead with the final act of the first half, but Salma Paralluelo’s first-time strike hit the outside of the post.
England brought on stars Lauren James and Chloe Kelly at half-time, but it was Spain who had the first meaningful effort on goal with Caldentey’s long-range effort tipped around the post by Earps.
Kelly then showed her attacking threat with a brilliant cross, but Hemp’s first-time strike went just wide.
A fizzing effort from Spanish maestro Aitani Bonmati flashed just over the bar as the Spaniards hunted the knockout blow.
They had a glorious chance to double their advantage when they were awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review.
Caldentey dinked the ball past Keira Walsh, who handled the ball in an attempt to stop the Spanish attacker.
Jenni Hermoso stepped up, but Earps guessed right and comfortably made the save to keep England in it.
The game opened up significantly as England pushed for an equaliser with Spain resorting to counter attacks.
Play was delayed for an extended period when Alex Greenwood went down with a head injury, but the England defender was able to stay on the pitch after receiving treatment.
Spain took every chance they could in holding up play and saw out the extra minutes to seal the historic triumph.
Spain celebrate winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Credit: Getty Images