Spain emerged victorious in the Female World Cup, beating England 1 – 0 in the historic game.
The Lionesses were just shy of becoming the first England senior team to take the World Cup trophy since the 1966 men’s team win.
The England players fell to their knees in despair at the final whistle as Spain celebrated their tournament triumph.
The Spanish footballers showcased what has been described as exceptional skill and teamwork as well as a significant milestone in women's football history.
Prior to this year's competition, Spain had only ever won one Women's World Cup match.
They had previously suffered a defeat at the hands of England in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals but unlike the game in Brighton when the Lionesses defeated the team 2-1, Spain radiated confidence in the World Cup final and saw victory as a result.
Although England fans came dressed in costumes, beating drums and chanting on the city's trains en route to the Sydney stadium, dominating in numbers in the crowd, it was Spain's supporters who were celebrating at full-time.
Unfortunately, the finals were laced with controversy from the start when Britain’s Football Association president, Prince William, announced that he would not be travelling to Sydney to support the Lionesses in person, a decision that was deemed ‘sexist’ by some members of the public.
Additionally, the Spanish team’s celebrations were cut short when the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, was condemned for kissing Spanish midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the victory celebrations, which she stated was non-consensual. The incident led to protests across the world and resulted in the suspension of Rubiales.
Despite this, the nation stands united in recognizing the extraordinary achievement of female footballers.
The 2023 Female World Cup will now forever be remembered as the moment when Spain's women's team etched their names into the annals of football history, inspiring generations of players to come.