Spain claimed their first win at the Women’s Football World Cup, beating Costa Rica in a blistering attacking display that saw them score three goals in just six minutes.

Top star Putejas, who won the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row, also stole the show as she took to the field over a knee injury.


Spain, ranked sixth in the Fifa rankings, took the lead in the 21st minute.

It was an own goal by a Costa Rican defender.

The second goal came less than two minutes later.

After breaking down the Costa Rican flank, Bonmati finished with a sensational left-footed shot.

In the 27th minute, Esther Gonzalez scored a third goal, this time to seal the victory.

In the second half, midfielder Putejas, who had been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury, came on as a substitute.

Putejas, who recently won the Ballon d’Or for the second time in a row, raised expectations with a lively display.

Spain defeated Costa Rica 3-0.

The Philippines, ranked 46th in the Fifa rankings, challenged Switzerland but couldn’t hide the power differential.

They conceded two goals to Switzerland and lost 2-0, showing the high barriers of their first World Cup.

[Olivia McDaniel/Philippines goalkeeper: “It’s a dream to be here representing the Filipinas, who have been dreaming of a World Cup, but we want to win.”]

Canadian captain Sinclair takes a penalty kick opportunity but is denied by the Nigerian goalkeeper.

Canada, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, failed to find the back of the net against an outclassed Nigeria side.

Just before the end of the second half, Nigeria’s Abiodun was sent off for a rough foul on an opponent’s ankle, but the game ended 0-0.

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