Record-Breaking Women's World Cup

SYDNEY, 20 August - On Sunday, Spain defeated England 1-0 in the Women's World Cup final

Finishing off a competition that broke television and attendance records and raised expectations for a rise in interest in women's football.

The ninth iteration of the world's premier event, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, was the first to take place in the southern hemisphere.

Local interest waned after Australia lost in the semi-finals

 But after Sunday's final attendance of 75,784 is factored in, little under two million spectators will have entered the venues in the nine host cities.

In a thrilling contest in which Spain generated the most of the clear-cut opportunities, Olga Carmona's goal was the deciding factor between the two teams.

Before kickoff on Sunday, thousands of supporters wandered around Stadium Australia in Sydney as bands of drummers and stilt walkers created a festival atmosphere.

While England continues to wait for its first title since the men's competition in 1966, both Spain and England were competing in their first Women's World Cup final.

FIFA gave away thousands of tickets and some games attracted as few as 7,000 fans, although White Ferns matches broke records for a soccer crowd in the country.

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