FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022: Spain defeats Colombia in the final to retain the title
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the Spanish football team has now won the age-group World Cup twice, tying North Korea as the tournament’s most successful team. Spain defeated Colombia 1-0 in the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 on Sunday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, successfully defending their world champion title in the age-group tournament at FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The final and eventual champions were decided by an Ana Guzman own goal in the 82nd minute. The victory also means that Spain and North Korea are now tied for the most titles in the history of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, with two each.
The two teams had already met in the group stage, with Spain winning 1-0. Colombia, on the other hand, can take solace in the fact that this is the farthest they have ever progressed in the U-17 World Cup, having previously failed to advance beyond the group stage. Cristina Libran of Spain was a constant threat to Colombia’s defense from the start.
Her fierce drive from distance forced a fine save from Colombia keeper Luisa Agudelo after 21 minutes. As halftime approached the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the midfielder went just wide with another long-range effort.
Libran scored two minutes into the second half, thanks to some good work from Jone Amezaga down the right. After Colombian goalkeeper Agudelo saved her low first-time shot from Amezaga’s cutback, Libran was quick to react and bundled the rebound into the net. The VAR, however, ruled out the goal due to a handball in the build-up.
In the second half, Spain defender Maria Artero posed her own aerial threat, sending headers goalward from Vicky Lopez deliveries twice at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Colombia had a good chance of their own around the half-hour mark when Natalia Hernandez latched on to a corner clearance and nearly beat Sofia Fuente with an excellent drive from outside the box.
Colombian midfielder Karla Viancha came close again in the second half, racing on to a long ball from defense and beating Fuente to it, but she could only hit the side-netting.
Then, with nine minutes remaining, Spain scored thanks to substitutes Paula Partido and Laia Martret, both of whom had only recently entered the game. Partido broke into space on the right and sent in a low cross to the far post, where Martret diverted the ball goalwards with her right knee and smiled as her effort deflected off Guzman and over the line at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
It was eventually determined to be the winner.
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