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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Spain vs Zambia – Match Report

Spain registered a thumping win over Zambia in their second group-stage match of this World Cup campaign at Eden Park Auckland. The Jorge Vilda-coached side displayed some extraordinary performances on the pitch as they put 5 goals past Zambia as if it was a walk in the park for them. Spain undoubtedly was the better of the two sides as they dominated various departments of the game on the majority of the occasions throughout the match.

The side had 75% of the ball possession throughout the match and attempted a total of 22 shots in comparison to Zambia’s 10. After having followed up their 6-0 win over Costa Rica with another comfortable win over Zambia, Spain is now at the top of their group’s table. Zambia on the other hand are at rock bottom with 0 points in their account after 2 matches.

The game began and so did Spain’s domination right from the beginning. It took just 9 minutes for the Spaniards to open the scoring as Teresa Abelleira fired in a fine shot into the near top corner after having received a pass from the left back.

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Spain didn’t waste any time as they doubled their lead just 4 minutes later. Alexia Putellas chipped in a fine cross to the far post where Hermoso found the goal with a free header. Hermoso thought she had made it 3-0 and brought up her brace in the 38th minute when she rushed into slot Batlle’s cross into the goal, only to be denied by the offside flag.

Spain continued their good work in the second half too as they continuously tried to figure out ways to attack the Zambian net. They finally succeeded again in the 69th minute as Navarro found Redondo with a fine pass down the right. Redondo who came in at the second half calmly ran past the goalkeeper to smash the ball into an empty net with ease.

Spain had their fourth just a minute later when Navarro hit the post with a cracking shot. The rebound fell into the path of Hermoso who slotted it in comfortably. Spain wrapped up things in style with their fifth goal of the game in the 85th minute. Navarro who had acres of space curled in a fine cross to find Redondo who in turn calmly slotted it past Sakala in between the sticks to make it 5-0. FT:- Spain 5-0 Zambia.

Spain shall next be facing Japan on Monday. Zambia meanwhile shall be taking on Costa Rica in their upcoming group-stage game.

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