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Italy upset the world champions Spain, in a thriller 

Spain lost for the first time since they were named world champions as Italy had a surprise victory in the Women's Nations League.

Spain lost for the first time since they were named world champions as Italy had a surprise victory in the Women’s Nations League.

Athenea del Castillo’s Opener Overturned by Italy

Spain took the lead in Pontevedra through Athenea del Castillo, but Italy rallied in the second half, scoring three goals in just 18 minutes.

Italy’s Strong Comeback

Michela Cambiaghi’s goal, followed by Valentina Giacinti’s equalizer, tilted the momentum in favor of the visitors. Former Atletico Madrid defender Elena Linari then secured Italy’s lead with the third goal.

Spain’s Attempted Comeback Falls Short

Despite Esther Gonzalez pulling one back for Spain, they couldn’t level the score, succumbing to a narrow defeat.

Qualification for Spain Amidst Loss

Although Spain faced their first loss since the 4-0 defeat to Japan in the World Cup on July 31 in Wellington, New Zealand, their previous winning streak secured their place in the Nations League finals, even with a game remaining.

Notable Streak Broken

Spain had clinched eight consecutive victories, including a 1-0 triumph over England in the World Cup final, before encountering their defeat against Italy.

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