Under-17 Women's World Cup: Claudia Pina leads Spain's La Rojita to first title

Spain, which has been knocking on the door of international women's soccer for several years, finally has won a FIFA title.



It captured the 2018 Under-17 Women's World Cup title with a 2-1 win over Mexico in Saturday's final after having reached the final four at three of the last four championships without winning.

A pair of goals by Claudia Pina -- her sixth and seventh of the tournament -- gave La Rojita an early 2-0 lead and it then held on to a one-lead lead after Denise Castro scored for Mexico off a corner kick in the 29th minute.

Pina, 17, finished with seven goals in six games and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player, beating out Nicole Perez (Mexico) and Mukarama Abdulai (Ghana). She was beaten out by Abdulai for the Golden Boot on the basis of the Ghanaian's edge in assist.

Pina, who plays for Barcelona B in Spain's second division, scored 15 goals in six games in the 2017 UEFA U-17 championship. Two years ago in Jordan, where Spain finished third at the U-17 World Cup, Pina scored two goals.

Final:
Saturday, December 1
Spain 2 Mexico 1.
(Pina 16, 26; Castro 29.)
Third-Place Game:
Saturday, December 1
New Zealand
2 Canada 1
(Wisnewski 1, 13; Kazandjian 64.)
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