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Salma Paralluelo, who was dropped from the starting XI for this game, ultimately scored the winner.Hosts: Australia and New Zealand Dates: 20 July-20 AugustCoverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website & app. Full coverage details; latest newsTeenage winger Salma Paralluelo came off the bench to score a 111th-minute winner as Spain beat the Netherlands to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time.Mariona Caldentey had appeared to give Spain the win in normal time when she slammed home an 80th-minute penalty via the post after Stefanie van der Gragt handled in the box.Van der Gragt went from villain to hero by smashing home a stoppage-time equaliser – but Paralluelo found space in the area in extra time to earn Spain their first major semi-final for 26 years.The Netherlands, runners-up in 2019 where they were beaten by the USA in the final, were outplayed for long periods although they should have taken the lead seconds before the winner, when Lineth Beerensteyn fired over from yards out.Paralluelo, 19, received the ball from Jenni Hermoso, kept her calm in the box and struck perfectly in off the left post to become Spain’s youngest scorer at a Women’s World Cup – and their newest star.Spain will play Japan or Sweden, who meet in Auckland at 08:30 BST on Friday, in the semi-finals on Tuesday.Spain dominate – as does VARBefore Paralluelo grabbed the headlines, this appeared set to be a game defined by the video assistant referee (VAR).Spain appeared to have taken the lead on 37 minutes when Esther Gonzalez slammed in from close range after Alba Redondo miscued her volley into the striker’s path, however it was disallowed for offside on review.The Spanish should have been out of sight by that point. Redondo hit the post twice in a matter of seconds – first seeing her header brilliantly tipped on to the woodwork by Daphne van Domselaar, before contriving to turn the rebound off the same upright.The Netherlands were left aggrieved in the second half when referee Stephanie Frappart initially gave a penalty for Irene Paredes barging Beerensteyn to the ground, only to overturn her decisionVAR then stepped in to give the Spanish a penalty for Van der Gragt’s handball.It appeared to be reward for Spain’s dominance – but instead that arrived through substitute Paralluelo, the latest teenage star to make a splash at this World Cup.Van der Gragt’s dramatic finaleVan der Gragt is retiring from professional football after this tournament. She could not have imagined a more dramatic way to bow out.Earning her 106th cap in this match, she looked to be heading for a nightmare end to her career when she inexplicably handled a Spanish cross in the area, allowing Caldentey to score.But the 31-year-old refused to let that be her final defining moment on a football pitch. As the second half ticked into 12 minutes, the centre-back found herself played clean through on the Spanish goal. Van der Gragt steadied herself and fired perfectly across Cata Coll and into the net.It was a temporary let-off for a Dutch side who were outplayed through the majority of this match. They missed Danielle van de Donk – suspended for this game – with one-time Spain international Damaris Egurrola unable to bring the same combativeness to midfield.Jill Roord, whose four goals already are the most ever by a Dutch woman at a World Cup, was anonymous before being subbed off on the hour. Her side were again reliant on keeper Van Domselaar – Aston Villa look to have got a real bargain with their newly-signed goalkeeper.But Van Domselaar could do nothing about the winner, which earned Spain a first major semi-final since the 1997 European Championships – six years before Paralluelo was born.Player of the matchvan DomselaarDaphne van DomselaarSpainSquad number18Player nameParallueloSquad number10Player nameHermosoSquad number8Player nameMariona CaldenteySquad number4Player nameParedesSquad number2Player nameBatlleSquad number9Player nameGonzálezSquad number19Player nameCarmonaSquad number6Player nameBonmatíSquad number17Player nameRedondoSquad number14Player nameCodinaSquad number23Player nameCata CollSquad number12Player nameHernándezSquad number5Player nameAndrésSquad number3Player nameAbelleiraSquad number11Player namePutellasSquad number7Player nameGuerreroSquad number15Player nameNavarroNetherlandsSquad number1Player namevan DomselaarSquad number3Player namevan der GragtSquad number17Player namePelovaSquad number4Player nameNouwenSquad number2Player nameWilmsSquad number14Player nameGroenenSquad number20Player nameJanssenSquad number8Player nameSpitseSquad number18Player nameCasparijSquad number11Player nameMartensSquad number21Player nameEgurrolaSquad number15Player nameDijkstraSquad number22Player nameBrugtsSquad number9Player nameSnoeijsSquad number6Player nameRoordSquad number7Player nameBeerensteynLine-upsSpainFormation 4-3-323Coll Lluch12Hernández4Paredes14Codina2Batlle6Bonmatí3Abelleira10Hermoso17Redondo9González8Caldentey Oliver23Coll Lluch12HernándezBooked at 35minsSubstituted forCarmonaat 90’minutes4Paredes14CodinaSubstituted forAndrésat 77’minutes2Batlle6BonmatíSubstituted forGuerreroat 87’minutes3Abelleira10Hermoso17RedondoSubstituted forParallueloat 71’minutes9GonzálezSubstituted forNavarroat 100’minutes8Caldentey OliverSubstituted forPutellasat 100’minutesSubstitutes1Rodríguez Rivero5Andrés7Guerrero11Putellas13Salón15Navarro16Pérez18Paralluelo19Carmona20Gálvez21Zornoza22del CastilloNetherlandsFormation 3-1-4-21van Domselaar8Spitse3van der Gragt20Janssen14Groenen17Pelova6Roord21Egurrola22Brugts7Beerensteyn11Martens1van Domselaar8SpitseSubstituted forSnoeijsat 85’minutes3van der GragtSubstituted forCasparijat 105’minutes20Janssen14Groenen17Pelova6RoordSubstituted forWilmsat 61’minutes21EgurrolaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDijkstraat 96’minutes22BrugtsSubstituted forNouwenat 89’minutes7Beerensteyn11MartensSubstitutes2Wilms4Nouwen9Snoeijs12Baijings13Jansen15Dijkstra16Kop18Casparij19Kaptein23WeimarReferee:Stéphanie FrappartAttendance:32,021Live TextMatch ends, Spain 2, Netherlands 1.Second Half Extra Time ends, Spain 2, Netherlands 1.Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Ona Batlle.Attempt missed. Eva Navarro (Spain) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Salma Paralluelo with a cross.Jenni Hermoso (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Lynn Wilms (Netherlands).Attempt blocked. Jenni Hermoso (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.Salma Paralluelo (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Caitlin Dijkstra (Netherlands).Salma Paralluelo (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Foul by Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands).Attempt missed. Irene Paredes (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Teresa Abelleira with a cross following a corner.Corner, Spain. Conceded by Caitlin Dijkstra.Eva Navarro (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Foul by Kerstin Casparij (Netherlands).Goal! Spain 2, Netherlands 1. Salma Paralluelo (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jenni Hermoso.Attempt missed. Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.Delay over. They are ready to continue.Delay in match because of an injury Katja Snoeijs (Netherlands).Attempt missed. Lineth Beerensteyn (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lieke Martens with a headed pass.

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