Spain next year will be in his third World Cup in a row, which will be played in Australia and New Zealand. Spanish women’s football is the opposite of 2015, when it managed to get into the first World Cup date. Then the Spanish team did not go beyond the group stage and in 2019 they fell in the round of 16. Now, riding Barça, he is fifth in the FIFA ranking and last year he defeated Netherlands, world runners-up. Before trying to lift the European Championship on July 31 at Wembley -which would be the first title of the winners of the Spanish women’s team- Alexia Putellas and company have done their homework getting the ticket for the tournament for Oceania.
Just as Guardiola’s Barça was the base of the Spanish men’s team that won the World Cup in South Africa, the azulgranas are now also the foundations of the block of Jorge vilda, that has come to align up to nine of the European champions in its starting eleven. Despite the absences of the injured Patri Guijarro, Claudia Pina and Mariona Caldentey, the coach put six Barcelona players on Scottish soil to ensure the pass: Sandra Paños, Mapi León, Pereira, Aitana, Alexia and Jenni Hermoso.
The Spanish, who had won their previous five games in the qualifying group with 43 goals for and none against, did not want to wait another second to close their classification. Before a quarter of an hour they were already winning 0-1, the work of Beautiful Jenny after converting a penalty caused by Alexia. The latter scored after half an hour when heading a foul also served by another Barça player, Mapi León, but the referee annulled it.
The Scots withstood the pulse better than in Seville, where they fell 8-0. And they even looked out a couple of times through the frame of Paños. But neither they nor the rain could water down the World Cup party in Spain and Jenni Hermoso, 12 minutes from the end, scored the calming goal after a superb heel kick from Alexia.