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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The reigning World Cup champions will be competing in Paris this summer, as Spain firmly contained the Netherlands 3-0 on Friday to qualify for their first-ever Olympic games.

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The win came in the semifinals of the Nations League, which also serves as qualifiers for the Olympics and, in the future, the 2027 World Cup.

France won the other semifinal over Germany 2-1, advancing to the final on the 28th.

All is not lost for the Netherlands and Germany – one of whom will still qualify for Paris on Wednesday.

Because France is an automatic qualifier as the Olympic host, the winner of the third-place Nations League match will grab Europe’s third Olympic slot.

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Spain looks arguably sharper in 2024 than they did during their World Cup winning run in 2023, following the ouster of embattled coach Jorge Vilda.

In a World Cup quarterfinal rematch with the Dutch, Spain outshot the Netherlands 22 to seven, with Jenni Hermoso, Aitana Bonmati, and Ona Batlle all earned goals.

Spain had already defeated the 2023 World Cup semifinalist Sweden in the Nations League group stage to advance to the knockout rounds.

While other nations are looking for an Olympic bounce-back, Spain could be poised for the first back-to-back international title run in women's soccer history.

Meanwhile…

After a win on Saturday, Australia will take a 3-0 advantage over Uzbekistan into their second leg of AFC (Asia) Olympic qualifying on Wednesday, in which an aggregate win would see them qualify.

Japan and Korea DPR have all to play for in their second game after a 0-0 draw saw neither team take an advantage.

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New Bay FC signing Racheal Kundananji scored the lone goal for Zambia in their 1-0 first leg of qualifying against Ghana in Africa.

Nigeria has qualified for the final round and will likely face African champions, South Africa which beat Tanzania 3-0 away from home in the first leg of their third-round clash.

NWSL preseason action on Saturday saw Portland earn a 2-1 result over San Diego at the Coachella Valley Invitational, while Angel City and Bay FC battled to a 0-0 draw. The NWSL regular season kicks off on March 16.

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