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Spain secured a spot in the World Cup semi-finals by defeating the Netherlands in extra time.

Salma Paralluelo, 19, emerged as the hero with a decisive goal during the additional period.

The match saw a 2-1 victory for Spain, with Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt managing to equalize in the closing moments of regular time, responding to a Mariona Caldentey penalty that had given Spain an initial lead.

This victory now sets up a semi-final encounter for Spain against the winner of the Japan versus Sweden match, which was ongoing at press time. (Sourced online/MNM/AI)