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In their 5-1 victory over Switzerland at Women’s World Cup, Spain introduces new goalkeeper, benches Alexia Putellas

by Sophia Chen
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Spain triumphed over Switzerland with a 5-1 scoreline in the Women’s World Cup, marking their first time advancing to the quarterfinals. In a surprising lineup, star midfielder Alexia Putellas started from the bench, and goalkeeper Cata Coll made her full international debut in the Saturday match.

Coll, the only player in Spain’s squad without any previous caps, was an unexpected replacement for Misa Rodriguez, following Spain’s group-stage loss to Japan where they conceded four goals.

In response to the previous defeat, Spain’s coach Jorge Vilda made five alterations to the starting eleven for the knockout stage match. This involved Laia Codina, the center back, earning her first start in the tournament. Despite an own goal early on, Codina managed to score just before the break, extending Spain’s lead to 4-1.

Alexia Putellas, two-time Ballon d’Or winner, who’s in recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee that led to a 10-month hiatus, was judiciously played by the Spain coaching staff over the past month.

With the match outcome already assured, she was substituted in the 77th minute against Switzerland.

___ For more AP World Cup coverage, visit: https://bigbignews.net/fifa-womens-world-cup

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Who was the debutant goalkeeper for Spain in the Women’s World Cup match against Switzerland?

Cata Coll made her full international debut as the goalkeeper for Spain in their Women’s World Cup match against Switzerland.

What was the final score of the Spain vs Switzerland Women’s World Cup match?

The final score of the Spain vs Switzerland Women’s World Cup match was 5-1 in favor of Spain.

Why was Alexia Putellas benched in Spain’s World Cup match against Switzerland?

Alexia Putellas, who is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee that led to a 10-month hiatus, was judiciously played by the Spain coaching staff over the past month. She was benched to manage her game time and ensure she doesn’t suffer a recurrence of her injury.

Who is the coach of the Spanish women’s soccer team?

The coach of the Spanish women’s soccer team is Jorge Vilda.

Who scored for Spain just before halftime in their match against Switzerland?

Laia Codina, Spain’s center back, scored just before halftime in their match against Switzerland.

Did Spain advance in the Women’s World Cup following their match against Switzerland?

Yes, following their 5-1 victory over Switzerland, Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

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6 comments

SoccerGuru22 August 5, 2023 - 11:33 am

Alexia on bench was a surprise, but a smart move I guess. She’s been amazing but gotta look after that knee!

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BallonDorWatcher August 5, 2023 - 1:22 pm

Two-time Ballon d’Or winner on the bench, that’s power move by coach Vilda. Hoping Putellas recovers fast, she’s a joy to watch.

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FootyFan101 August 5, 2023 - 5:41 pm

Cata Coll debut?! didn’t see that coming, but she did well! Spain showing they got depth in the squad.

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JustAGameFan August 5, 2023 - 8:39 pm

gotta say, loved the resilience from Codina. Own goal early on, but comes back with a goal just before halftime. That’s the spirit!

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SwissMiss August 6, 2023 - 3:02 am

tough loss for us, Spain was just too good today… Well, there’s always next time.

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LaRojaLover August 6, 2023 - 7:30 am

Vamos España!! Quarterfinals here we come. Amazing team performance, let’s keep this momentum going.

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