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Carmona fires Spain to World Cup glory against England

  • Olga Carmona with first-half winner for Spain at Stadium Australia.

  • Spanish squad was divided on whether to play at all in Australia just three months before the tournament following a row with their federation.

  • Mary Earps saved Jennifer Hermoso's penalty in the second half but England couldn't break down incredible Spanish defence.

That's all from The Woodwork's live coverage of the World Cup final. Thank you for following along and for engaging with our World Cup content throughout the tournament. We'll be bringing you plenty of reaction and analysis over the next week after the best Women's World Cup in history.


13:35' - Real Madrid's captain Ivana Andres collects the trophy for Spain and lifts their very first major international honour! What a performance in the final and what a moment for Spanish women's football!



13:29' - England are up to collect their medals now. They're wearing them proudly, as they should. It's been an incredible tournament for every single one of them. The European Champions are getting a fantastic reception as they take their team photo.


13:26' - It's equally easy to pick Aitana Bonmati as the Player of the Tournament. She has run the Spanish midfield incredibly well. Credit to FIFA, they've picked the winners of these awards perfectly.


13:24' - Mary Earps collects the Goalkeeper of the Tournament after her penalty save in the final. She's been incredible throughout the tournament for England, no one can argue with that!


13:23' - It's time for the awards now! Salma Paralluelo is the first up to the stage, collecting the Young Player of the Tournament Award. It's an easy choice really; she scored in both the quarter-final and semi-final wins for Spain.


FT - It's a heartwrenching defeat for England, who couldn't break down a resilient Spanish defence. Spain were incredible though, coming through chaos in the months leading up to the tournament, all the way through to becoming World Champions.


England will be heartbroken but have performed unbelievably well, especially with three regular starters out for the tournament. Spain were the better side overall and deserve to lift the trophy.


90+15' - SPAIN ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!



90+14' - England have a corner right at the death, Mary Earps is up!


90+13' - England are committing tired fouls now. Less than a minute to go for Spain and Abelleira is down with a knock to the head.


90+11' - Lauren Hemp gives it away cheaply and Hernandez charges forward but Alex Greenwood makes quite possibly the tackle of the tournament to win the ball as clean as whistle.


90+9' - Spain are comfortably keeping the ball, winning corner after corner. England have barely had a sniff in added time.


90+6' - Spain win a free-kick after Putellas is taken out. England make a mess of clearing the ball before Jess Carter thumps it away.


90+3' - Close again for Spain! Lucy Bronze misses a slow cross and it somehow nutmegs Paralluelo. Huge let-off for the Lionesses!


90+2' - Spain have won a corner, with Mary Earps making another big save! It's a really good approach from Spain, keeping the ball in tight areas and still trying to get a second goal. Thirteen minutes is too many to keep the ball in the corner.



90+1' - There will be THIRTEEN ADDED MINUTES.


90' - Mariana Caldentey is being brought off before Spain take a corner. Putellas is coming on now.


88' - Paralluelo kicks the ball away having already been booked but Tori Penso keeps her cards in her pocket. That's a very lucky break for Spain, who should be down to ten.


87' - Spain have cancelled their change now. It looked like Hermoso was done but she's back on and Putellas waits on the sidelines.


86' - Alexia Putellas is coming on for Spain after Jennifer Hermoso took a knock. Not a bad change to be able to make, bringing on the Ballon d'Or holder. England change too with Bethany England coming on for Ella Toone.


83' - Greenwood is back on and England continue their search for an equaliser. There's going to be plenty of stoppage time for this one.




80' - On the replay Greenwood actually headbutted Paralluelo's knee. It's a harsh booking for the Spaniard really.


77' - Alex Greenwood is down for England after colliding with Salma Paralluelo. The Spanish forward caught Greenwood with her arm and there's going to be a concussion check to make sure the Manchester City defender is OK to continue.


75' - Big save by Lluch! Lauren James shoots on a tight angle and it's tipped over the bar for a corner. England threatening an equaliser now with 15 minutes plus a lot of added time to come.


74' - England have dominated the game since Spain's penalty, but can't break down a rigid defence. Spain have been forced into a defensive change with Laia Codina forced off; she's replaced by Real Madrid's Ivana Andres.


70' - SAVED BY EARPS! It's a poor penalty from Jennifer Hermoso, an easy height for Earps who dives the right way and catches it like a cricket ball! England are still alive and kicking!


68' - PENALTY TO SPAIN! It's easily the right decision. What a chance to double their advantage in the final...


66' - The referee Tori Penso is going to have a look at the screen. Walsh's arm doesn't need to be out as far as it is and the deflection absolutely changes the direction of the ball. Spain would be very unlucky not to get a penalty for this.


64' - There's a penalty shout for Spain! Kiera Walsh has her arm out and the ball is knocked into it. Spain won a corner from the following scramble but they might get an even better chance here.


62' - Aitana Bonmati lets fly from range and her shot is only just over the crossbar. England cannot afford to stand off the Spanish midfielder like that when she's in the final third.


60' - Spain have made their first change of the final, with Alba Redondo replaced by Oihane Hernandez. Redondo had a glorious chance for Spain in the first half shortly before the goal.


58' - England are keeping the pressure on Spain now. Stanway floats an ambitious cross in towards the far post where Carter is unmarked but the Chelsea defender scuffs the cutback and Spain scramble the ball away.


54' - WHAT A MISS! England should be level! Chloe Kelly curls a delicious cross into the penalty area which none of the Spanish defenders can clear, but Hemp arrives at the far post and fires wide with half the goal to aim at. The Lionesses might not get a better chance than that this evening.



52' - England can't get a look in at the moment. Spain are either passing them to death or keeping a tight block preventing the Lionesses from getting into the final third.


50' - Big save! Spain have controlled the ball brilliantly at the start of the second half and finally Caldentey finds space to get a shot away from 20 yards, forcing a stunning save from Earps to push the ball away for a corner.


46' - Spain restart the final with a 1 - 0 lead!


12:00' - We're a couple of minutes away from the restart and Sarina Weigman has made a bold double change; Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly are off with Chloe Kelly and Lauren James on. It's a big shout from the England manager but something absolutely needs to change for England.


HT - Half-time at Stadium Australia! It's Spain who have a deserved lead. England made the better start, with Lauren Hemp hitting the crossbar in the first 15 minutes. Spain came back at the Lionesses though, with Olga Carmona scoring after half an hour. Big 45 coming up for England.



45+2' - OFF THE POST! Salma Parraluelo is picked out brilliantly in the middle. She turns between Bright and Greenwood and turns a brilliant effort onto the post. It's the last action of the first half.


45+1' - Spain break forward down the right and Ona Battle sends a dangerous cross into the England box but it somehow evades everyone and England clear.


42' - England break out for the first time in almost 15 minutes, with Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo combining well down the right. Hemp fires a low ball in towards Ella Toone who can't get a touch on the ball to turn it in. After the cross runs through the flag goes up for offside anyway but it's much better from England.


41' - Spain are utterly dominant now. On the ball Jorge Vilda's side are so composed, not misplacing a single pass. When England do manage to get on the ball they're penned into their own third of the pitch.


37' - Almost 2 - 0! A Spain free-kick finds Irene Paredes completely unmarked. She heads the ball into Millie Bright but fires a dangerous volley just wide on the rebound. England responded well to initially going behind but are struggling under the Spanish pressure now.


33' - England have responded well, keeping the ball under pressure and finding space in behind. It's good to see that the Lionesses haven't panicked after conceding the first goal of this final.


29' - GOAL, SPAIN LEAD!!! The game had settled down slightly after a manic couple of minutes, but Olga Carmona has fired in a beautiful opener! Caldentey tees her up on the edge of the penalty area and Olga Carmona rifles a sensational shot across goal into the far corner!



24' - There's an idiot on the pitch while England wait to take a free-kick.


20' - Another shot for Lauren Hemp but she curls an effort straight at Lluch from the corner of the penalty area. Both sides are creating chances early in this game but no breakthrough just yet.


18' - Huge Save! Another Spanish cross comes in from the left and Paralluelo scuffs a shot into the path of Redondo who has the goal at her mercy but Mary Earps somehow pushes it away. It's a fantastic save but Redondo had to score!


16' - CROSSBAR! England so close to an early lead! Spain fail to clear another England attack and it drops to Rachel Daly. Daly tees up Lauren Hemp who rattles the crossbar from 15 yards out! England pressure paying off here.




13' - Spain break from the corner with real pace and fluidity. Hermoso releases Paralluelo and Georgia Stanway clears the danger. Spain look very dangerous on the counter.


12' - Mad moment for Spain! England win the ball high up the pitch and Stanway plays in Russo, but she can't find a shooting angle, it's a corner.


6' - Bonmati leads Spain forward. The ball falls for Caldentey who puts a well-weighted cross in towards Redondo at the back post but she's pressured out of play by Rachel Daly.


5' - First save of the final! Lauren Hemp hits a low shot straight at Coll Lluch in the Spanish goal. It's a straightforward save for the Barcelona goalkeeper but England have started well.


4' - Spain come forward for the first time with Salma Paralluelo charging down the left wing. Millie Bright comfortably deals with the cross but it's an early warning sign for England with Rachel Daly out of position from wing back.


2' - It's a fast start from England, moving the ball around with real intensity and pace. Keeping the ball from Spain is vital as they are perhaps the best possession team in the world.


1' - KICK-OFF! We're underway for the 2023 World Cup final, with England kicking off in blue.



10:55 - We're five minutes from kick-off at Stadium Australia! Welcome to The Woodwork's live coverage of the 2023 Women's World Cup final! Spain and England are both looking for their first-ever title. One of them will be world champions in the next few hours!


10:51 - Spain have made one change, with Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas dropped to the bench in favour of Salma Paralluelo. The Barcelona winger has scored decisive goals in the quarter-final and semi-final.


10:50 - England name an unchanged starting XI from their semi-final win over Australia. The headline news is that Lauren James, who was sent off against Nigeria in the last 16, is back on the bench after serving her two-match ban.


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