Spain and Sweden arrange semi-final conflict

Spain and Sweden grew to become the primary sides to succeed in the World Cup semi-finals on Friday.

The two sides will meet within the final 4 after Spain beat the Netherlands 2-1 and Sweden overcame Japan by the identical margin.

Here, the PA information company takes a take a look at a tense day of motion and what’s in retailer within the remaining two semi-finals.

Spanish historical past

A controversial recreation in Wellington noticed Spain attain the final 4 for the primary time.

VAR was a essential speaking level with Esther Gonzalez’s effort for Spain disallowed for offside on overview.

Referee Stephanie Frappart then overturned her choice to offer Netherlands a penalty earlier than VAR intervened once more to offer Spain a spot-kick for Stefanie van der Gragt’s handball.

After all of the controversy, teenage winger Salma Paralluelo got here off the bench to attain Spain’s 111th-minute winner.

Super Sweden

Sweden outplayed Japan to succeed in the World Cup semi-finals for the fifth time.

Amanda Ilestedt’s close-range end and Filippa Angeldahl’s penalty put them in full management six minutes into the second half.

Japan did mount a late revival with Riko Ueki sending a penalty in opposition to the crossbar and fellow substitute Honoka Hayashi firing house three minutes from time.

But a Japan equaliser would have been an injustice and Sweden rightfully took their place within the final 4 as soon as once more.

First-time winners assured

The exit of 2011 World Cup winners Japan means a brand new title can be carved on the trophy.

Four-time winners the United States have been additionally crushed by Sweden within the earlier spherical, whereas two-time champions Germany did not make it out of the group stage.

Norway, the one different nation to win the Women’s World Cup again in 1995, have been crushed within the final 16.

As effectively as Spain and Sweden, Australia, France, England and Colombia are nonetheless within the hunt for a primary World Cup triumph.

England – and Becks – expects

The Lionesses head into their quarter-final conflict in opposition to Colombia with the pre-tournament phrases of former England captain David Beckham ringing of their ears.

Forward Alessia Russo revealed how “heartthrob” Beckham had boosted Sarina Wiegman’s squad earlier than their departure for Australia and New Zealand.

“He was really nice. It was a pinch-me moment in terms of what women’s sport nowadays has done,” Russo mentioned of the pre-World Cup chat.

“It was amazing actually. He has been one of my idols – and heartthrobs – ever since I was a little girl.”

Post of the day

Quote of the day

It was a pinch-me second by way of what girls’s sport these days has achieved

England’s Alessia Russo on assembly David Beckham

What subsequent?

Quarter-final: Australia v France (0800)Quarter-final: England v Colombia (1130)

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