Spain wins the 2023 Women's World Cup

By Matias Grez, Issy Ronald and Patrick Sung, CNN

Updated 12:18 PM ET, Sun August 20, 2023
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9:23 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

Spain's sporting stars react to La Roja's historic Women's World Cup victory

From CNN's Matias Grez

After Spain won the Women's World Cup for the first time, some of the country's most famous sporting icons have been reveling in the victory.

Gerard Pique, a men's World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, wrote: "Congratulations! You have made history! World Champions. What pride!"

He then added 2010 and 2023 with stars next to them, signifying Spain's men's and women's World Cup-winning years.

Former La Roja goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Pique's teammate for that World Cup win, added: "Congratulations CHAMPIONS!! An immense joy for all Spaniards!! You have made history!! Thank you for the excitement and the title!"

Rafael Nadal, 22-time grand slam winner and arguably Spain's greatest ever athlete, posted an Instagram story saying, "Let's goooooo!!!! Congratulations, WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!"

Fellow Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz wrote on X: "LET'S GOOOOO!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, CHAMPIONS! Pride of (Spain)!!"

Pau Gasol, a two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star, said: "WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! The first World Cup for our women's team!!!! HISTORIC!!!! Congratulations!!!"

Former cyclist Alberto Contador, who won the Tour de France twice, also joined in the celebrations.

"Spain world champion. Congratulations, team!" he wrote.

8:31 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and opposition leader Keir Starmer commiserate the Lionesses

From CNN's Issy Ronald

As England succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Spain in the Women's World Cup final, its politicians paid tribute to the team's role in popularizing women's soccer in the country.

"You left absolutely nothing out there Lionesses," Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on X, formerly known as Twitter. "It wasn't to be, but you've already secured your legacy as game changers. We are all incredibly proud of you."

Meanwhile, Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition Labour Party said: "Heartbreaking. So proud of the England team who inspired the whole country. This is just the beginning for the Lionesses."

8:12 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

The full-time whistle blows and Spain is the winner of the 2023 Women's World Cup!

From CNN's Issy Ronald

Spain celebrate after defeating England in the final of the Women's World Cup.
Spain celebrate after defeating England in the final of the Women's World Cup. Rick Rycroft/AP

The full-time whistle goes and Spain wins its first ever Women's World Cup, sending its players and fans into rapturous celebrations!

Olga Carmona's goal proved the difference between the two teams and, although England rallied in the second half after Spain missed a penalty to double its lead, ultimately, the brave Lionesses could not find the back of the net.

It could have been an even more comfortable win for Spain as England goalkeeper Mary Earps came up huge with several acrobatic saves throughout the match.

Spain joins Germany as one of two nations in soccer history to win both a men's and women's World Cup.

History made in Sydney!

8:00 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

Just three minutes left for England to find an equalizer

From CNN's Matias Grez

There are just three minutes of the additional 13 remaining and England still doesn't look like scoring a goal.

La Roja is still the dominant team and this is looking more and more likely to be Spain's day.

Chants of "Sí, se puede!" ("Yes, we can!") reverberate throughout the stadium as the time ticks away for a Spain win.

7:51 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

The referee adds 13 minutes of stoppage time as we hit the 90-minute mark of this final

From CNN's Matias Grez

With the 90 minutes up, the referee has added 13 minutes of stoppage time, largely due to the VAR penalty review and Alex Greenwood's injury.

Can England find an equalizer? At the moment, Spain is looking most likely to score again but Mary Earps once again keeps her team in the final.

The England keeper has been colossal this match.

7:46 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

Spanish fans lead war cries as team inches towards historic World Cup victory

From CNN's Hilary Whiteman in Sydney

With their team 1-0 up and less than five minutes of regular time left, Spain's fans are heading towards delirium.

A solo Spanish fan leads a war cry as La Roja inches closer towards a history-making win.

One ecstatic Spain fan leads chanting in the stadium.
One ecstatic Spain fan leads chanting in the stadium. Hilary Whiteman/CNN

8:13 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

Stoppage in play for a head injury to Alex Greenwood

From CNN's Matias Grez

Spain's Salma Paralluelo is shown a yellow card by referee Tori Penso as England's Alex Greenwood reacts after sustaining an injury.
Spain's Salma Paralluelo is shown a yellow card by referee Tori Penso as England's Alex Greenwood reacts after sustaining an injury. Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Reuters

There's been a lengthy break in play in this final as England defender Alex Greenwood received treatment for a serious head injury.

Salma Paralluelo caught Greenwood in the head with her knee as they challenged for the ball, leaving the English player with blood pouring from her head.

After some treatment, she's bandaged up and back out on the pitch.

7:41 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

Less than 15 minutes remaining and the score is still 1-0 to Spain

From CNN's Matias Grez

England has certainly improved since that missed penalty and is now piling the pressure on the Spain goal.

Lauren James has just brought a sharp save out of Cata Coll, but with 75 minutes gone it could be too little, too late for England.

Still, with the amount of time that video assistant referee (VAR) check took for the penalty, we're due for a lot of time added on once we hit 90 minutes.

7:31 a.m. ET, August 20, 2023

It's a penalty for Spain on the previous Paralluelo chance and... Earps saves it!

From CNN's Matias Grez

England goalkeeper Mary Earps makes a save on a kick taken by Jennifer Hermoso.
England goalkeeper Mary Earps makes a save on a kick taken by Jennifer Hermoso. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

After a long VAR review at the pitch side monitor, the referee awards Spain a penalty.

Jenni Hermoso steps up and sees her penalty saved by Mary Earps, who is turning out to be a real hero for England in this final. 1-0 still in Sydney.

What a match!