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'Campeonas' pay tribute to 'our shining stars' as they make bittersweet history
Friday, August 25, 2023 @ 7:37 PM

SPAIN'S national women's football team is recovering from a night-long street party attended by over 20,000, which started almost as soon as they had landed after their gruelling 24-hour journey from Australia, having barely caught a few hours' sleep between their World Cup final match and catching their flight.

Spain makes history after winning the first-ever women's World Cup following a tough match against England - and only the second FIFA World Cup in the country's history. The men's team won it in 2010 (all photos: EFE)

Olga Carmona, who scored the only goal in the tense and hard-fought final against England's 'Lionesses', announced ahead of the squad's arrival that she would be joining in the huge celebrations in Madrid, despite Sunday's having been 'the best and the worst day of her life'.

The 23-year-old from Sevilla clinched victory for La Roja – 'The Reds' – with her left-footed goal within less than half an hour of the start of the 114-minute match, catching out England's Mary Earps, affectionately known as 'Mary Queen of Stops'.

Despite making Spain work hard at every step up to the end of more than 13 minutes of extra time, England was unable to find an equaliser, which thrust their Mediterranean rivals into the sporting history books: The first women's World Cup, 13 years after the first-ever and so far only men's World Cup, and the only country other than Germany to have gained one of each.



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