Spain-Argentina, first World Championship title on the line in the World Roller Games in Nanjing

“We will go flat out, our aim is the final and then the title.” The captain of the Spanish national rink hockey team, Natasha Lee, was this determined before her semi-final duel against Chile. No sooner said than done, as Ricardo Ares’ squad eliminated Chile today (3-4) and are now only one step away from making history by becoming the first world champions of the World Roller Games. The final obstacle awaiting them is the powerful Argentine team, which they will come up against in the final this Saturday (10am Spanish time).

The fifth day of the World Roller Games – FIRS World Championships has paved the way for the women’s rink hockey final. The Spanish team started as favourite in its defence of the title and has so far been victorious. Today’s match against Chile was not only its most hard-fought victory (finally decided in a penalty shootout), but also its most rewarding, given that it has provided the players with a ticket to the final. A final in which they will come up against the powerful Argentine team, which comprehensively defeated Germany in the semis by 6-1.

Saturday’s match will be the third consecutive final, and second world final, for the Spanish women’s team, which has so far strung together European (2015) and World Cup (2016) titles.