FIFA Women's World Cup 2023

Spain 5-1 Switzerland: Five-star performance for “La Roja” as they advance to the quarters; Japan creates history

Spain has defeated fellow European counterparts and potential frontrunners of the World Cup title Switzerland by a huge margin of 5-1, courtesy a brace from Barcelona star Aitana Bonmati. Asian stars Japan humbled European heavyweights Norway by 3-1, thus advancing to the next stage of the coveted tournament.

La Roja advances to quarters of World Cup

Spain has been one of the top contenders of winning the coveted World Cup this year. With several favorites knocked out of the tournament like Argentina, Brasil and Germany, Spain will be having a fair share of chances of clinching the cup. Today, they progressed one step closer to the title as they defeated fellow title contenders Switzerland in a thrilling one-sided encounter, which saw the Spaniards mauling the Swiss by 5 goals. Barcelona star Aitana Bonmati was the star of the game, courtesy her brace.

Bonmati started things for Spain as she got on the scoresheet on the fifth minute of the game, when Swiss goalie Thalmann made a brilliant stop at the goal, only to be rallied by FC Barcelona wizard Bonmati. It was the first goal the Swiss considered in the entire tournament, thus breaking their invincibility on the goal-line.

That goal did not last enough as Spanish Laia Codina levelled things for the Swiss stars as she slotted home a goal in her own net, thus bringing the game to a tantalizingly close fest.

But Spain proved there mettle shortly after the fracas at own goal, as Redondo struck an admirable header on the17th minute, providing an all-important lead on the 17th minute. Bonmati was soon at the scoresheet as she scored her second of the night when she froze the opponent goalie by her swift magic with the ball, becoming the third Spaniard to score a brace in the knockout fixtures, equaling her record with Redondo and Hermoso Fuentes.

Codina soon made up for her own goal as she slotted the ball on the right goal just before half-time, thus redeeming herself from the early mishap from her, thus providing Spain with a handsome lead of 4-1 within 45 minutes.

Switzerland had no answer to the onslaught from their heavyweight opponents as they tried hard to keep up with them, with no use as Spanish legend Jenni Hermoso added a fifth to the score line on the 70th minute, when she smashed her trademark torpedo shot towards the goal, thus proving to be a final nail in the coffin for the Swiss, with the tie ending on 5-1 in favor of “La Roja”.

Japan’s magic wand works wonders for them as they knock out Norway

Japan was considered to be one of the best teams in the competition till date, thanks to a perfect record in the group fixtures, when they won all three games without conceding a single goal. But, their fixture against Norway was not expected to be an easier one but the Asians managed to make light work of the former World Cup champions as they edged the Scandinavians 3-1, to proceed to the quarters of the tournament.

It was a freak own goal from the Norwegians which gave lead to Japan, thanks to a blunder from Engen, when her shot agonizingly went past the keeper, but they were fast to redeem themselves back with a superb header from Reiten, thus levelling the game 1-1.

Japan clawed back in the game in the second half through Risa Shimizu who scored a banger to get the Asians in to a tense lead of 2-1. But, Norway never went away from the tie as Frida Maanum’s shot was blocked by keeper. In the way Norway kept pressing in front of the goal, they conceded a third goal in the form of Miyazawa, who raced through the field to complete a low shot in the Norway goal, thus winning it 3-1 for the Japanese.

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