For the primary time of their historical past on the Girls’s World Cup, Spain noticed a match go into additional time as their quarterfinals recreation in opposition to the Netherlands couldn’t be settled after 90 minutes.
And now for the primary time of their historical past on the Girls’s World Cup, La Roja is onto the semis.
Spain superior with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, however they wanted a bit magic from a youngster to maneuver on. 19-year-old Salma Paralluelo, who got here into the sport within the 71st minute, scored in additional time to present Spain the one-goal lead that might find yourself the distinction.
Paralluelo pulled in a cross from Jenni Hermoso and pushed to the highest of the field. From there she used an amazing inside-out transfer to create area, earlier than firing a left-footed shot that careened off the publish, and into the web for Spain:
Spain would maintain on over the ultimate ten-plus minutes to seal the victory.
The match was knotted at 0-0 on the halftime break, and the primary aim got here from Spain within the 81st minute. La Roja was given a penalty after this handball within the field from Stefanie van der Gragt:
Mariona Caldentey calmly transformed from the spot to present Spain the 1-0 benefit late.
Nevertheless, the sport would wish additional time as Van der Gragt discovered a bit redemption. With time ticking down in regulation, Victoria Pelova discovered Van der Gragt with a perfectly-placed by way of ball, and he or she transformed to tie the match:
Nevertheless, that was as shut because the Netherlands would get, as Paralluelo scored her first-ever aim on the Girls’s World Cup.
And what a aim it was.
Spain will tackle the winner of Friday’s match between Japan and Sweden within the semis. Spain misplaced to Japan 4-0 of their last match of group play.