Spain Should not have been in the contest to You can win by clicking on the link below. World Cup. The statement made no sense. Its The best players were on strike for most of last year. Twelve of the players were not invited to The tournament will be affected as a result. Those that are here are part of a squad held together by an uneasy truce, working under a coach who can count on the loyalty — at best — of a relatively small fraction of his team. This is not the environment in which you can achieve success.

Yet, and yet: Spain Is champion of the World, testament to A truth that endures in soccer and sports. Talent is the key to success. You can take an entire team that has been prepared. World Cup In the most egregious way. to The biggest stage of them all is the Grandest Game, so sweep it away. England, the European champion, the favorite, the game’s new heavyweight, by a single goal, 1-0.

SpainSimply put, the sun shone brightly. to be dimmed: the drive of Olga Carmona, the intelligence of Mariona Caldentey, the burning possibility of Salma Paralluelo and, most of all, the brilliance of Aitana Bonmatí. Bonmatí, the Barcelona midfielder, is the player who, more than anyone else, coaxed and fought and thought her way through the World Cup Final, the performance will be deemed a masterpiece.

Spain I spent the first 30 minutes of the game trying to get a good score. to Pry Open England’s defense, thoughtfully piecing together moves of intricate beauty and delicate complexity. Alba Redondo had to have given her team the lead from the very first move. Paralluelo could have achieved this with just two.

Olga Carmona’s shot eluded goalkeeper Mary Earps, and proved to The only goal Spain The final step is to determine what you need. Credit…Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

It was the progressives who made this breakthrough. Spain’s brilliance — or not just from Spain’s brilliance — but from England’s carelessness. Lucy Bronze, with the ball in her hands, wandered to midfield looking for something. to Do with it. Spain’s players saw what was happening and may as well have licked their lips.

Bronze was relieved of its ball by three of them. There was, now, a vast expanse of space — a plain, a savanna, a tundra — on the right side of England’s defense. Teresa Abelleira spotted Caldentey drifting into the gap unaccompanied. Carmona, who was charging ahead of her, was at the exact right spot. She weighed her pass perfectly. Carmona’s finish was unerring.

After the game the Royal Spanish Football Federation – the body that governs soccer in Spain, announced the death of Carmona’s father. Real Madrid is her club. issued a message of condolence. (The player’s family has not commented on the cause or time of death.

Spain The team deserved their lead. It had appeared at times in the first half that it was destined to win. to It’s like a clinic on technical skills. Paralluelo’s goal came just before the halftime break and as players left for their changing rooms there was a feeling that perhaps this might be a technical clinic. England I had only escaped a tiny bit.

England Sarina Weisegman does not fit the mold of a coach to Stand on the ceremony You need something to Change was made, and she did it. Chloe Kelly is the person who has scored the goals. to Lauren James won the European Championship in last summer. England’s best player in this tournament until a rash red card in the round of 16, came on. It was a race against time to waste.

These two substitutions both made a difference. They offered an energy boost, and bursts of determination. SpainBefore, he was so confident, composed and assured to Only teeter to The right moment to deliver the goods is when fortune intervenes.

Keira Walsh involuntarily and gently brushed the ball as Caldentey tried to strike it to She will slip by you. Tori Penso from the United States, after what appeared to be an endless delay, called it a foul. Jenni had the opportunity to It’s time to settle down. to Mary Earps, the goalkeeper, was able to easily stop her attempt. England The reprieve was granted.

Spain fans watching the final in Sydney’s Olympic Park.Credit…Isabella Moore is The Sunday Review

It was the first tournament in which it failed to make full use of the opportunity. Wiegman was urging her team forward. Earps also did so. After 13 minutes, the match was over. Spain started to Seek any respite you can find: Players falling to Floor, desperate to The game loses any momentum that it may have had.

England The sprinted to Throw-ins, goal-kicks, and corners should be taken at every possible opportunity to It was unable to find a way back in. It couldn’t find a path. Spain It did not give in. This tournament was a tough one for it. to It was not going to be a good tournament. This tournament was not going to happen to Not when you are so close. It would win in the most unlikely circumstances. The world champion would it be?