March 3, 2024

Women’s World Cup 2023: Spain 3-0 Costa Rica – Spain record easy win

Spain are only playing in their third World Cup after going out in the group in 2015 and losing in the last 16 in 2019.

Spain beat Costa Rica in the Women’s World Cup final in Wellington.

Valeria del Campo scored an own goal to put Spain ahead, before Aitana Bonmati headed in the second two minutes later.

Esther Gonzalez added the third after a header against the crossbar by Jennifer Hermoso, who then had a penalty saved by Daniela Solera.

Olga Carmona hit the bar and Solera made some fine saves to restrict Spain to three goals.

The dominance of the Spanish team was reflected in the game’s stats, as they had 46 attempts on goal, including 12 on target, with Costa Rica, ranked 36th in the world, only having one shot, which went wide.

Spain also had 80% possession and 22 corners compared to one corner from their opponents.

For Spain, looking to progress beyond the last 16 stage for the first time, it was the perfect start to their Group C campaign after an upset in the competition.

In September, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) demanded 15 members of its national team, unhappy with training methods and match preparation, said they would quit unless manager Jorge Vilda stepped down.

The Federation supported Vilda and himself only three of those 15 players were named there – Mariona Caldentey, Bonmati and Ona Batlle from Barcelona – in the World Cup squad.

Costa Rica have never won a match at the Women’s World Cup, but they did draw 1-1 in their opener against Spain in 2015 – the only other tournament they qualified for.

But it didn’t look like it was going to be a repeat as Spain dominated.

Bonmati, Gonzalez, Ivana Andres and Salma Paralluelo missed chances before Del Campo converted Gonzalez’s cross from the left.

Spain scored three times in the space of seven minutes and had a great opportunity in the fourth but Solera put away Hermoso’s poor penalty.

Only a motivated performance from Solera kept the scoreline respectable as she made excellent saves to deny Paralluelo, Carmona and Ivana Andres.

Midfielder Alexia Putellas, who won the Ballon d’Or for being the best player in the world in 2021 and 2022, was among Spain’s representatives and played the last 13 minutes as she recovers from injury.

She suffered a serious knee injury just before the Women’s European Championships last year and has not played a full match since.

Spain will be looking for another big win in their next game on July 26 when they face Zambia, who are ranked 77th in the competition’s lowest team, Costa Rica against 2011 winners and 2015 runners-up Japan.

Line-ups

Spain

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rodriguez Rivero
  • 2MayorSubstitutes forHernándezat 88′minute
  • 4Paredes
  • 5Andrés
  • 19Carmona
  • 6Good morning
  • 3beehiveSubstitutes forZornozaat 77′minute
  • 22of the castleSubstitutes forOliver Caldeneyat 63′minute
  • 10Beautiful
  • 18ParallelSubstitutes forheathersat 77′minute
  • 9GonzálezSubstitutes forRepeatat 63′minute

Representatives

  • 7Jersey
  • 8Oliver Caldeney
  • 11heathers
  • 12Hernández
  • 13salon
  • 14codeine
  • 15Navarro
  • 16Pérez
  • 17Repeat
  • 20Galvez
  • 21Zornoza
  • 23Coll Lluch

Costa Rica

Formation 3-4-3

  • 23Solera
  • 20Villalobos
  • 4Benavides
  • 5of the park
  • 3stump
  • 16Alvarado
  • 10VillalobosSubstitutes forbrushat 73′minute
  • 12ElizondoSubstitutes forGranadosat 58′minute
  • 7Herrera
  • 9WillowsSubstitutes forScottat 73′minute
  • 14Chinchill

Representatives

  • 1Pérez
  • 2Guillen
  • 6Sánchez
  • 8Campos
  • 11Rodriguez
  • 13Valencian
  • 15Granados
  • 17Varela
  • 18Tapia
  • 19brush
  • 21Scott
  • 22Estrada

Referee:
Casey Rebel

Attendance:
22,966

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