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Japan win first women's world under-20 title

  • Published at 11:24 am August 25th, 2018
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Japan's team players and members of staff celebrate with the trophy after winning the Women's U20 World Cup final against on Friday

England defeated France 4-2 on a penalty shoot-out to finish third after their play-off had ended 1-1

Japan won their first Women's World Under-20 title on Friday with a 3-1 victory over Spain in the final.

With favourites Germany and the United States - who had won six of the last eight titles between them -- already eliminated, Japan made the most of their unexpected opportunity.

Hinata Miyazawa gave them a 38th-minute lead before Saori Takarada (57) and Fuka Nagano (65) put the game beyond the reach of Spain who grabbed a late consolation through Candela Andujar.

England defeated France 4-2 on a penalty shoot-out to finish third after their play-off had ended 1-1.