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England and Spain, two of the most football-crazy nations on earth, are set to lock horns in a battle for women’s football supremacy. The Lionesses and La Roja will renew their rivalry at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 2023 at Stadium Australia on Sunday. As both teams set their sights on becoming the World Champions for the first time, here are the head to head statistics for the England Women vs Spain matchup.
England Women vs Spain head to head
Leading up to the 2022 Women’s World Cup final, England and Spain have crossed paths in women’s football internationals on 11 occasions. Encouragingly for the Lionesses, they have the upper hand with six wins, the most recent of which took place just over a year ago. In contrast, Spain has achieved only two victories, while three matches concluded in draws.
England vs Spain head to head overall
|UEFA European Women’s Championship
|Women’s World Cup Qualifiers
England Women vs Spain Last Match
Before their epic clash in Sydney, the World Cup finalists had last met a year ago in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 quarter-finals. In a remarkable display of resilience, Leah Williamson and company came from behind to seal a remarkable win against Spain to secure a place in the semifinals.
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What. A. Battle! 😮🍿
— UEFA Women’s EURO (@WEURO) July 20, 2022
England adopted a careful approach as they confronted their sternest EUROs challenge up until that point. Spain started strong and forced England custodian Mary Earps into making some early saves.
The Lionesses, though, were the ones to find the back of the net first, with Ellen White slotting home from close range at the 37-minute mark. The goal did not stand, however, as Lucy Bronze was caught offside during the buildup.
The first half ended in a goalless deadlock, with England exerting a growing influence on the game. The home side carried on that momentum into the second half as they were the livelier side in the early exchanges, but it was Spain who drew first blood.
Athenea del Castillo, who came on as a substitute during half-time, outpaced Rachel Daly on the right flank for Spain and found Esther González inside the England box. González received the ball with sublime precision and calmly struck it low past Earps to silence the Amex Stadium crowd.
England substitutes shifted the dynamics of the match
England manager Sarina Wiegman acted promptly by bringing in Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo, and Ella Toone in rapid succession. It was Spain, however, who maintained their sharper offensive edge, with Earps diving under the crossbar to thwart another delivery from Del Castillo and keep the scoreline unchanged.
As a sense of urgency started to take hold, two substitutes joined forces to bail England out. Russo soared above to head the ball down for Toone, who executed a precise volley to draw the scores level.
Fueled by the support of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 29,000, England pushed forward in search of a late winner. Although Spain managed to endure into extra time, their backline could not keep the door shut for long. Georgia Stanway grabbed the winning goal for England with a thunderous strike, sending ruptures around the Amex Stadium.
England Women vs Spain head to head stats suggest that the Lionesses will step into the pitch as favourites in the FIFA World Cup Final. Spain’s incredible squad strength, however, makes for an intriguing twist. Can Spain avenge their EURO defeat at the grandest stage of football, or will England continue their dominant run against La Roja? We will find out soon.
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