June 10, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s Celia Jimenez Delgado earned the start for the Spanish National Team in the squad’s first match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday vs. Costa Rica. The two teams — each appearing in their first world cup — battled to a 1-1 draw. Jimenez, a recent transfer from Iowa Western Community College, is the first player in the history of the Alabama women’s soccer program to appear in a World Cup match.
Jimenez started on the backline and played the entire first half for Spain, playing a key role in Spain’s ability to dominate the time of possession.
The two teams exchanged the only goals of the contest over a 70-second span between the 13th & 14th minutes of the opening half. Vicky Losada scored Spain’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal, but Costa Rica’s Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno tied the score just moments later. A succession of chances followed for Spain in the second half, but Costa Rica held out for the remainder of the match.
Jimenez is set to make her Crimson Tide debut this fall, transferring from Iowa Western Community College where she spent each of the past two seasons. During her two years at IWCC, Jimenez scored 21 goals and collected 11 assists across 23 total games.
Jimenez has represented Spain on every youth national team from the age of 14 onward, making 12 appearances with the U-19 team, and 12 appearances with the U-17 team.
The Spanish National Team will be back in action on Saturday, taking on Brazil at 4p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1.
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