Spain or Mexico: what sets each team apart?

Ability to control the game
Spain are capable of dictating play at will. The team have been comfortable in possession throughout the tournament and are happy to pass the ball effortlessly among themselves, often relegating their opponents to the role of spectators in the process. The Europeans play with energy and enthusiasm, with a varied and attractive attacking style that can deliver pace down both wings and through the middle. The players’ flexibility and technical ability make it impossible to work out where their next attack is coming from.

Prolific goalscoring
The statistics speak for themselves. Spain have already scored 13 goals at this tournament from 100 shots – more than any other team in Uruguay. As well as strikers Claudia Pina, Eva Navarro and Salma Paralluelo, midfield playmaker Irene Lopez has already scored three times, most recently with a stunning strike against New Zealand in the semi-final. Yet this goalscoring threat also comes with remarkable defensive stability. Spain have conceded just two goals in the tournament so far, demonstrating how effectively their attack and defence work together.

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