February 23, 2024

WORLD CUP NOW: Why Spain’s dominant win was disappointing

The IS 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday as Spain impressively shut out Costa Rica, 3-0, at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand.

Spain’s first goal came in the 21st minute when a cross bounced off a Costa Rica defender and into the net for an own goal. A moment later, The Red He pushed his lead to 2-0 with a left-footed burst from a midfielder Aitana Bonmati. Esther Gonzalez he made it 3-0, picking up a loose ball and slotting it into the net in the 27th minute.

Just like that, the Spaniard scored three times in six minutes to take a lead that he never surrendered. However, there were still some aspects of Spain’s game that raised some eyebrows – such as the total of 46 shots taken.

Two-time World Cup champion Ariane Hingst was joined by the “World Cup NOW” crew – Jimmy Conrad, Leslie Osborne and Melissa Ortiz – Germanyand together they discussed the victory of Spain and whether there is any cause for concern.

Conrad: “I predicted 4-0 in this one. … When I look at Group C, though, Japan and Zambia are the other two teams that I think are threats to challenge Spain in a different way.

Osborne: “This is what we expected from Spain. We all know they play a beautiful style of soccer; they were going to move the ball around beautifully. … I talked about being ruthless, being clinical in front [the] target. No matter how beautiful it is – if they want to go far in this competition, [they’re] you will have to finish. … It has to be better than that. As this tournament goes on, the competition will get tougher. You have to finish your chances.”

Ortiz: “[Daniela Solera] two timely saves for Costa Rica. It could easily have been 5-0, 6-0, even 7-0, and the goalkeeper for Costa Rica did a great job. Yes, Spain definitely need to finish their chances. One interesting stat: Spain had 26 shots in the first half against Costa Rica today, the most in a single half at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s unbelievable how many chances they had. You can look at it on the negative side, but on the positive side – at least they are creating goal scoring opportunities.”

Stallion: “She (Solera) is one of the reasons Spain didn’t score more, and I totally agree [that] you have to finish better. At the end of the day, what really matters is that you can get better from game to game. She is a good star. Spain have been the best in this tournament so far – really showing their potential – so it doesn’t worry me too much that they missed too many chances. They have to get better, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s a fair start for them.”

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