Japan lift U20 Women’s World Cup 2018

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The final took place at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes between Spain and Japan, a rematch from the group stage, when Spain beat Japan 1-0. Japan won their first title, beating Spain 3-1 in the Final.

Japan beat England 2-0 where as Spain beat France 1-0 before heading to the Final. This year’s final was the third time that teams from Asia and Europe have battled for the trophy at a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Spain dominated possession in the first half but failed to make that advantage count, with Candela Andujar shooting just wide ten minutes before half-time. Then with 38 minutes gone, Japan took the lead, with a beautiful curling effort from the edge of the box courtesy of Hinata Miyazawa. Jun Endo had the chance to double the score from close range in the 43rd minute, but goalkeeper Catawas at the full stretch to tip the ball over the bar. It was Saori Takarado who added the second in the 57th minute, sending her right-footed shot low into the far corner. And Fuka Nagano wrapped it up with a marvelous first-time shot looping over Cata’s head after Takarada’s clever footwork played her in on the right side of the box. Andujar clawed back a consolation goal 19 minutes from time, and two minutes later Claudia Pina hit the crossbar to give Spain hope that they might be able to mount a comeback.

In the third place game, England beat hosts France 4-2 in the penalty shootout to win bronze for the first time at the Women’s Under-20 World Cup after both sides played 1-1 as full time.

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Thrice is nice as Japan lift U20 Women’s World Cup