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Spain’s Superb Performance Leads To Victory Over Costa Rica

However, Spain's dominant performance in this match made a repeat unlikely. Despite missed chances from Bonmati, Gonzalez, Ivana Andres, and Salma Paralluelo, Del Campo converted Gonzalez's cross to extend Spain's lead.

Valeria del Campo’s own goal and Aitana Bonmati’s curling shot put Spain ahead, followed by Esther Gonzalez’s goal after a header against the crossbar by Jennifer Hermoso.

Although Daniela Solera saved Hermoso’s penalty, Spain’s dominance was evident with 46 attempts at goal, including 12 on target, compared to Costa Rica’s single wide shot.

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Spain also maintained 80% possession and earned 22 corners, while their opponents managed only one.

This victory marks a strong start for Spain in Group C as they aim to advance past the last-16 phase for the first time.

The Spanish team’s preparation for the tournament had been disrupted by internal conflicts within the national team. Costa Rica, on the other hand, had never won a match in a Women’s World Cup but managed a 1-1 draw against Spain in 2015.

However, Spain’s dominant performance in this match made a repeat unlikely. Despite missed chances from Bonmati, Gonzalez, Ivana Andres, and Salma Paralluelo, Del Campo converted Gonzalez’s cross to extend Spain’s lead.

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Solera’s remarkable saves prevented further goals, denying Paralluelo, Olga Carmona, and Ivana Andres. Alexia Putellas, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner for 2021 and 2022, made a comeback from injury, playing the final 13 minutes as a substitute.

Spain’s next match against Zambia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, presents an opportunity for another significant victory, while Costa Rica will face the 2011 winners and 2015 runners-up, Japan.

 

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