Spain seals spot in Girls’s World Cup knockout phases with 5-0 win over Zambia

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Spain has joined Japan as the primary groups by means of to the Girls’s World Cup knockout rounds after La Roja defeated Zambia 5-0 in Auckland.

On her one centesimal look for Spain, Jenni Hermoso grabbed a double, as did fellow ahead Alba Redondo.

Teresa Abelleira additionally fired residence a ninth-minute thunderbolt that may contend for aim of the match, struck powerfully into the highest nook from 25 metres.

The competition was over inside quarter-hour when Hermoso was left free to nod residence Alexia Putellas’ nook.

Redondo rounded goalkeeper Eunice Sakala for a 3rd after the break earlier than Hermoso doubled up, scoring her fiftieth worldwide aim in humorous circumstances.

The aim was initially flagged for offside, and after a VAR evaluate, South Korean referee Hyeon-jeong Oh confirmed that call, earlier than correcting herself to lock in Hermoso’s double.

Redondo accomplished the rout, ending Eva Navarro’s effective cross as full-time neared.

On present kind Spain looms as attainable World Cup winners, boasting the lion’s share of possession and 3 times the finished passes of Zambia.

Coach Jorge Vilda was additionally capable of give Putellas her first begin in New Zealand, withdrawing the celebrity at half-time.

The outcome, mixed with Japan’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica earlier on Wednesday, settles Group C with the 2 heavyweights progressing with six factors.

Spain and Japan will meet in Wellington on Monday for prime spot, with Spain’s superior aim distinction that means Jorge Vilda’s aspect could make do with a draw.

Zambia, first-time World Cup attendees, and Costa Rica, on its second outing, are out. However each have an opportunity for a first-ever match win after they meet in Hamilton.

Two early concessions meant the underdog Africans had been by no means within the contest, however they did have possibilities to attain.

Abelleira’s strike – the earliest aim in any match up to now in Australia-New Zealand – led to an open match, with Zambian ahead Barbra Banda providing a difficult outlet on counter-attacks.

Nevertheless, Zambia suffered additional poor fortune, shedding Susan Bamba and Lushomo Mweemba to accidents both aspect of the break.

The Copper Queens had been already with out their prime two goalkeepers, with Hazel Nali struck by a severe knee damage simply previous to the match and Catherine Musonda despatched off of their 5-0 loss to Japan.

Of their place, 21-year-old Sakala did exceptionally effectively, denying each Hermoso and Redondo their hat-tricks amongst 9 saves at Eden Park.

-AAP


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