When you consider it, even the personal objective was spectacular.
Yes, Spain scored fives occasions in its 5-1 victory in opposition to Switzerland on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Yes, the objectives had are available in all kinds, a veritable tapas menu of learn how to put the ball within the internet: nifty passing, fancy footwork, opportunistic finishes.
But even the personal objective, the one which Spain defender Laia Codina needs she had again, the one which ensured that Switzerland’s humbling exit from the World Cup was not a shutout, was a looker — a easy end through which Codina caught her personal goalkeeper out of place and beat her cleanly from close to midfield.
It was a self-inflicted wound, however not a lethal one. Spain was again on prime six minutes later due to Alba Redondo.
Aitana Bonmatí made it 3-1 with some wonderful footwork that left not less than two Swiss defenders mendacity on the grass round her. Codina atoned for her personal objective with one into the right internet simply earlier than halftime, and Jenni Hermoso pounced on an errant backpass to make it 5 halfway via the second half.
But Spain knew it was over lengthy earlier than that. It will transfer on, to face the winner of Sunday’s Netherlands-South Africa sport within the quarterfinals, the most recent step in a reconstruction undertaking that started after the crew practically broke aside in a mutiny against its coach, Jorge Vilda, final 12 months. That undertaking now will proceed for not less than another sport, and with the gamers brimming with confidence.
The victory was the crew’s first within the knockout rounds of the main match. Given how complete it was, it may not be its final on this World Cup.