April 12 – With a second-half goal from Kosovare Asllani in a 1-1 draw with Ireland, Sweden became the first European team to book a ticket to the 2023 Women’s World Cup. UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying night, France and Spain have also secured their presence in New Zealand and Australia next year.
Ireland’s Katie McCabe put the visitors ahead just before half-time but Sweden’s dominance was rewarded in the 79th minute when Asslani equalized enough to top Group A with nineteen points from seven matches and secure a ticket to next year’s world final. Sweden have qualified for all nine Women’s World Cups.
Spain became the second UEFA nation to secure a place with a 2-0 win over Scotland, opening an unassailable eight-point gap over the Scots at the top of Group B.
They qualified without conceding a single goal during their campaign. Spain will be present in their third consecutive final. A single goal from Delphine Cascarino was enough for France to defeat Slovenia
In other results, Germany suffered their first away qualifying defeat since losing to Norway in 1998. They were beaten 3-2 by Serbia. Italy picked up an important 1-0 away win against Switzerland in Group G.
In the summer of 2023, Australia and New Zealand will co-host the tournament, which will feature 32 finalists for the first time. FIFA expanded the competition after the resounding success of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, where the United States retained their world crown by defeating the Netherlands in the final. The Swede completed the podium by winning bronze.
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