A goal from Olga Carmona was enough for Spain’s victory in the World Cup final. The Spanish game plan was clear: they intended to use the space left by England’s wing-backs. Transitions would be critical for Spain; they needed to regain possession quickly and immediately look to attack the open space. Paralluelo’s inclusion in the starting 11 was a clear indication.
Here, Spain regains possession and looks for a quick transition in the wide areas, being England a narrow block that left spaces on the flanks.
The good level of Spain in possession allowed them to navigate tight spaces and escape pressure with ease. The England midfield very static, playing Spain through the middle.
The final was the game in which England had to play the most passes under pressure., with Spain putting pressure on all areas with many players, forcing mistakes making England bad decisions. All these keys lead to the play of the goal.
Luzy Bronze starts a drive from the defensive line after recovering the ball. Spain able to get numbers back quickly, surrounding Bronze. She makes a poor decision to hold onto the ball, which allows Spain to regain possession.
Quick attack playing the ball to Caldentey who will take advantage of the space left by Lucy Bronze. Salma Paralluelo makes an intelligent movement off the ball into the England penalty area, which forces the defensive line to drop back. Olga Carmona makes a spectacular run to overlap Caldentey and the English midfield static not giving support.
Olga takes a couple of touches before hitting a low shot beyond Mary Earps for the winning goal.