Jenni Hermoso and Alba Redondo shine as Spain triumph again in Australia and New Zealand. Spain continues their dominant run at the tournament, scoring eight unanswered goals and establishing themselves as strong contenders for the World Cup title.
Despite their impressive performance, coach Vilda believes there is room for improvement. Next, Spain will face Japan on Monday, 31 July (08:00 BST) in a crucial match that will determine the Group C winner.
Vilda expressed his desire to see an even better performance from his team, stating, “We haven’t witnessed the finest version of Spain yet, that is crystal clear. We have four days to enhance our game, recover physically and mentally, and deliver a superior performance against Japan.”
Spain kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Costa Rica last week, registering an impressive 46 shots on goal.
Continuing their winning streak, they swiftly took the lead against Zambia in the ninth minute when Teresa Abelleira struck an outstanding long-range shot.
Hermoso doubled the advantage just four minutes later, heading home a cross on her 100th international appearance. In the second half, Redondo skillfully bypassed the goalkeeper to extend Spain’s lead.
Hermoso later scored her 50th international goal, following a lengthy video assistant referee review. She came close to completing a hat trick, but her shot hit the crossbar. However, Redondo sealed the victory with a goal in the final minutes.
This win secures Japan’s progression to the next stage as well, who defeated Costa Rica 2-0 earlier on Thursday.
Spain currently leads Group C on goal difference, and a draw against Japan in the upcoming match will guarantee a top spot for Vilda’s squad.
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