Substitute Salma Paralluelo scored in extra time to give Spain a tense 2-1 win over the Netherlands to earn their first place in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup on Friday.
The sixth place La Rojawho had not made it past the round of 16 in both of his previous World Cup appearances will face either Japan or Sweden in Auckland on Tuesday for a place in the final.
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Mariona Caldentey scored Spain’s second goal from the penalty spot in the 81st minute after Dutch defender Stefanie Van der Gragt worked the ball inside the box.
In her last World Cup appearance, Van der Gragt made some amends when she equalized in the 91st minute and sent the game into overtime in front of 32,021 fans at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Barcelona teenager Paralluelo ran for a through ball in the second half of extra time, shaking off her defender with a smooth move at the front of the box and firing a left-footed shot past Daphne van Domselaar for her first World Cup goal and another historic goal victory for Spain.