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Women’s World Cup: Spain advances to first semifinals

(Photo credit score: Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports)

Salma Paralluelo scored within the 111th minute to elevate Spain over the Netherlands 2-1 within the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Spain will advance to its first World Cup semifinal match Tuesday in opposition to the winner of a quarterfiinal match between Japan and Sweden. Japan beat Spain 4-0 to conclude group play.

Paralluelo’s left-footed shot off a go by Jenni Hermoso from the middle of the field landed within the backside proper nook in second-half additional time.

Mariona Caldentey scored on a penalty kick within the 81st minute for Spain, which had superior to the quarterfinals by beating Switzerland 5-1.

The Netherlands tied the match within the 91st minute. Stefanie van der Gragt scored on a shot from the appropriate aspect, assisted by Victoria Pelova with a by way of ball.

Spain owned possession for 62 p.c of the match and took 28 photographs to 10 by the Dutch, who additionally dedicated 22 fouls to only seven by the Spanish aspect.

–Field Level Media