Spain demolish Switzerland 5-1 to progress to the quarterfinals

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 games kicked off earlier today, and Switzerland faced off against Spain for a chance to play in the quarterfinals. An entertaining match that without doubt brought joy to spectators all over the world.

Spain put on an amazing performance and defeated Switzerland 5-1. The Swiss, who came into the game with a record of having never lost a World Cup game by more than a goal margin, were in for a shocker as Spain put five goals past them. The goals came courtesy of Aitana Bonmati (2), Alba Redondo, Laia Codina, and Jennifer Hermoso. Laia Codina scored Switzerland’s only goal in the game with an own goal after a failed backpass to the Spanish goalkeeper, Cata Coll.

Aitana found the back of the net twice in the first half with two exquisite finishes that left spectators all over the world in awe of the midfielder. She also assisted two goals before being replaced in the 77th minute. She received the Player of the Match title for her excellent performance.

Salma Paralluelo who is still yet to find her scoring boots in the competition also put up a wonderful performance before she was substituted in the 84th minute.

Alexia Putellas was brought on to replace Jennifer Hermoso in the 77th minute.

Irene Paredes, Ona Battle, Laia Codina, and Cata Coll all played the full 90 minutes for Spain and put up amazing performances.

Laia Codina celebrates scoring a goal for Spain

Both Codina and Coll made their first appearances at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and played the full 90 minutes for the Spanish national team. Codina who ended up scoring at both ends became the third player to do so in a world cup game.

The round of 16 clash pitted Barcelona Femeni players against each other, with Ana Maria Crnogorcevic representing Switzerland having to go up against a few of her Barcelona teammates. Friends turned enemies for 90 minutes in a battle for the ultimate prize in women’s football. However, by the time the referee blew the final whistle signalling the end of the game, it was Spain who had progressed to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, eliminating Crnogorcevic and Switzerland from the competition.

Spain have now progressed to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winners of the match between the Netherlands and South Africa on August 11.


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