SAN JOSE: Spain clinched the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2022 trophy as they beat Japan 3-1 in the thrilling final here at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on Sunday.
Pedro Lopez’s side defeated the same opponents by the same score to avenge their loss to Japan in the 2018 final. With the win, Spain ended Japan’s undefeated streak for the last nine matches in the U20 Women’s World Cup.
Salma Paralluelo starred for Spain with double strikes before Inma Gabarro scored the opening goal in the first 15 minutes putting Spain in a 3-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of the game.
Japan, on the other hand, remained persistent as they fought back in the second half with Suzu Amano scoring in the 47th minute. Spanish defence, however, skilfully resisted any further damage to their lead.
“I’m in shock. I can’t believe what we achieved. We are an incredible team. I have no words to describe what we did.” said Gabarro who finished her campaign on a high note as she scored eight goals to become the leading scorer of the tournament.
“I can’t believe it. I don’t understand what just happened. I have the medal hanging around my neck and I’m still in shock. It’s going to take me a few days to believe that I’m world champion,” she said in utter joy.
Meanwhile, Brazil outclassed Netherlands 4-1 to claim the third spot in the tournament.