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Japan have fun historic triumph as England seal bronze

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018 (FIFA.com) 24 Aug 2018 © Getty Images ​Japan on cloud nine after winning the title England secure best ...


FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • ​Japan on cloud nine after winning the title
  • England secure best result at a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
  • adidas Golden Ball for tournament’s best player goes to Patricia Guijarro

THE DAY REPLAYED – Japan defeated Spain in the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 to claim the title just 15 days after losing 1-0 to the same opponents in the group stage. The tables were turned this time around as Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and Fuka Nagano scored to steer the Young Nadeshiko to their first triumph in the competition.

England secured third place earlier in the day, with Georgia Stanway putting the typically-spirited Young Lionesses ahead before Emelyne Laurent equalised to send the game to a penalty shootout, where the English ultimately prevailed 4-2. England’s third place is their highest-ever finish at this tournament.

Play-off for third place
France 1-1 (2-4 on penalties) England

Spain 1-3 Japan

Memorable moments

Football legends meet volunteers
After more than a month of dedication, smiling faces and high spirits, the volunteer programme drew to a close today in Vannes. With their friendliness and enthusiasm, the helpers made a vital contribution to the success of the tournament. Marcel Desailly, Marinette Pichon and Mikael Silvestre visited the volunteer centre to thank them for their efforts. The football legends talked to the volunteers about the programme, answered questions and took time to pose for photographs and sign autographs.

First penalty shoot-out at France 2018
None of the tournament’s previous knockout matches were decided by penalties as every winning team managed to seal victory within 90 minutes – and then came the play-off for third place. Goals from Stanway and Laurent meant the score was 1-1 when the final whistle sounded, with spot-kicks required to find a winner. After being introduced to the match in the 92nd minute, Georgia Allen scored to give England an unassailable 4-2 lead in the shoot-out – demonstrating that Young Lionesses coach Mo Marley certainly has a talent for making the right substitutions.

Japan on cloud nine
The Young Nadeshiko followed in the footsteps of their senior and U-17 counterparts by lifting their first U-20 Women’s World Cup title – the only one missing from Japan’s collection. The Nadeshiko lifted the trophy in 2011, having also beaten Germany in the quarter-finals, while the Little Nadeshiko triumphed at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014, where their opponents in the final were none other than Spain. Japan’s latest victory means they are the only nation to have won every age level World Cup in the women’s game.

The words
“It was a very difficult game. We were a bit cautious in the first half. The early goal helped us to settle a bit but maybe gave us a little bit too much confidence, and we stopped doing the things that we have done to get here. France were the better team in the second half and we handed the game away a bit. We were confident when we went to penalties. We’ve been preparing for it for two years and we were pretty much waiting for this moment. We did it and that is credit to the players.”
England coach Mo Marley

Hamann: I feel Argentina, Brazil or Spain will triumph


Dietmar Hamann could be “very shocked” if Germany turned the primary aspect in 56 years to retain the FIFA World Cup™ and believes the Russia 2018 winners shall be Argentina, Brazil or Spain.

“With the personnel we’ve acquired, I feel in depth we could also be higher than 4 years in the past, however I don’t assume the primary XI are higher,” the 59-times-capped former defensive midfielder informed Gulf Information. “There are a number of positions I’m actually frightened about and I’d be very shocked if Germany had been capable of defend the title.

“In Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker, they misplaced 300 caps after the final World Cup. There are some gifted children coming by now, however they’re but to show their class. We’ve seen it within the [UEFA] Champions League – the cream rises to the highest and the World Cup is a novel match, generally folks get came upon there.”

Germany had been the one European crew to win all ten of their Russia 2018 qualifiers, scoring 43 targets and conceding simply 4 within the course of. Joachim Low’s fees additionally conquered final 12 months’s FIFA Confederations Cup.

Nonetheless, of their final 4 outings, they drew with England, France and Spain earlier than dropping 1-Zero at house to Brazil. And, regardless of Germany fielding under-strength groups in opposition to them, Hamann was left impressed sufficient to tag La Roja and A Seleção because the groups to beat in Russia – together with one other shock aspect.

“We performed Brazil a number of weeks in the past and Spain had been most likely the higher aspect in opposition to us,” stated the 44-year-old. “You shouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into friendlies, however I feel Spain and Brazil.

“After which the best way that Argentina certified, as a result of they wanted to beat Ecuador within the final recreation of South American qualifiers to get in. They went 1-Zero down after two minutes and Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and received that recreation.

“Typically, when you have got an in depth shave and qualify like that, and with it additionally probably being Messi’s final World Cup, I wouldn’t rule Argentina out both.”

Germany face Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic in Group F at Russia 2018.

Hamann was a part of a Germany aspect that had been eradicated by Croatia at France 1998. The previous Bayern Munich and Liverpool midfielder additionally helped his nation attain the Korea/Japan 2002 Last, the place they had been undone by Ronaldo and Brazil.

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