The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal game between Spain and the Netherlands is set to take place at Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand. These two teams are ranked highly in our World Cup power rankings, with Spain at No. 3 and the Netherlands at No. 2. The match will feature three Golden Boot favorites – Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso and Alba Redondo, and the Netherlands’ Jill Roord. Additionally, Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar is a strong contender for the Golden Glove award.
Spain is led by their 25-year-old captain, Aitana Bonmatí, who aims to establish herself as the best women’s player in the world through this tournament. However, the Netherlands will be without their star midfielder, Daniëlle van de Donk, who has been ruled out of the quarterfinals due to receiving her second yellow card in the knockout stage against South Africa. Players who receive two yellow cards from different matches before the quarterfinals are automatically suspended from their team’s subsequent match.
The first half of the match ended with no score, but Spain dominated the pace by taking 11 shots, three of which were on goal, compared to the Netherlands’ single shot. Esther Gonzalez of Spain came close to scoring just seconds into the second half. However, the game remained scoreless.
Throughout the match, both teams had their opportunities to score. Spain had a goal called off due to an offside decision after Esther Gonzalez scored from a pass by Alba Maria Redondo Ferrer. The first yellow card of the match was given to Spain defender Oihane Hernandez.
Spain hit the post twice in the 17th minute, with Alba Maria Redondo Ferrer’s header and subsequent shot both hitting the left post. Aitana Bonmati Conca also attempted a shot that went over the net.
The match continued with Spain leading in shots and showing determination to find the back of the net. However, the Netherlands’ goalkeeper, Daphne Van Domselaar, made crucial saves to deny Spain’s chances. Both teams had missed opportunities to score throughout the match.
The game is being covered live, and the halftime score remains tied at zero. Fans can follow the live coverage below for updates.
Before the match, the “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the game on social media. The complete Women’s World Cup schedule can be found along with information on how to watch each match live. Stay updated with the latest scores by checking the link provided.
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