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Mapei Lyon (R) and goalkeeper Sandra Panos (L) protest against the French referee.. / EFE

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A hurt and proud Spain hopes the good spirit of the European Championship continues at the World Cups in Australia and New Zealand next summer

despair and pride. Those were the two words the Spanish players repeated the most after signing their best game in recent years, ending in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euro Cup against hosts England. After a heavy dominance of more than 80 minutes by La Rosa, a painful defeat in extra time with a long shot was followed by a draw in a separate game.

A brutal result in a tournament in which Jorge Vilda’s team began rowing against the tide due to more than sensible casualties of Jenny Hermoso, the team’s historic scorer, and Alexia Putelas, Ballon d’Or winner and most important piece of the team. , which forced the plan to be restarted. With some hardships they made it through the group stage, standing their best version in the quarterfinals, a tie in which they were eliminated from the title fight for the third consecutive edition.

“We will have to digest it in a few days, review what we can improve and hope that in the future, when we will have such a critical moment, the wind does not turn against us and the tremors that we have as concentration begin. suffering since”, declared coach Jorge Vilda after the game, who did not hesitate to encourage his team on the pitch. “I told him that everyone is very proud of him. If there’s a way to lose, it’s by playing a game like this.”

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In 2017 they were also eliminated in a way that is difficult to digest. Their executioner on that occasion was Austria, sending them home in a penalty shootout when their goalkeeper blocked a shot from Sylvia Mésguere, who was one of the best in the team in that incident. The sensation in England has become more and less, until it is time to see Spain being able to do everything against the fittest opponent in the championship, one of the great favorites to lift the title, which no team managed to score. This made his team the top dry scorer in the group stage.

All this, coupled with the tremendous attitude of all the players, and the steps women’s football has been taking in Spain in recent years, means that this defeat is almost always seen as the key to victory looking to the future, as That Aitana Bonmati told out, was elected MVP of the match against Finland and Denmark. “We deserved to win, we deserved better. I’m disappointed, but also proud. We have to take the good things out of these games, which always help you become better and grow.” That’s why Spain is already thinking about next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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“We’ve had a team for a long time, with the future of what we’ve seen and what comes from the bottom,” said Vilda, blinking at the successes they get each year in the lower categories, and the impact of that lasted. will be on the absolute.

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This duel between England and Spain has greatly worked out, becoming the fifth with the largest number of people in the entire history of the competition, bringing together 28,994 fans at Brighton’s Community Stadium, which was almost full, little more. From more than a hundred to those who saw the biggest victory in European Championship (both women’s and men’s) history with England’s 8–0 loss to Norway ten days earlier. The final, which will be played at Wembley next Sunday, 31 July, is expected to break all records in the competition, leaving behind the approximately 69,000 people gathered for the opening duel between the hosts and Austria.

Spain also set another record for viewership, as the match was the most-watched women’s football match in history, bringing together an average of 2.4 million viewers on TVE’s LA 1, a figure of over 3 million during this time. was. Expansion. La Rosa’s loss also won the ‘Golden Minute’ with a 29.7% share and over 3.5 million viewers. Statistics that once again show that something is changing.

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