Spain U-17 Women won the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, defeating Colombia U-17 Women at the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Mumbai.
Ana Maria Guzman Zapata’s own goal gave Spain the lead in the 82nd minute of the game, which eventually proved to be the only goal of the match as the Spaniards defended their title after winning it in 2018. Spain took a 1-0 lead but the goal was disallowed by VAR as Cristina had touched the ball with her hand.
Spain’s Vicky Lopez was adjudged as the player of the tournament whereas goalkeeper Sofia Fuente won the award for best goalkeeping.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in attendance at the DY Patil Sports Stadium along with top delegates and officials from Asian Football Federation (AFC) and All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Spanish coach Kenio Gonzalez spoke to the press post-match:
A) He was asked about the performance and the current feeling of winning the World Cup.
“The pressure wasn’t high because we are the Spanish team and we are always in it to win. We were defeated in the Euro final and we knew we had to make up for that final and take this World Cup to Spain” “It was a very tight tournament. All the teams were very tough to win against. In football, you have to think about how to play in attack and find the spaces in the build-up to come up with opportunities. It was hard to find those opportunities. It was the World Cup at the end of the day,” Kenio said.
B) Vicky is a midfielder and we saw her play much higher up and score goals throughout the tournament?
“Vicky is a very hardworking player, she has been training in multiple positions and can play them. She has been working in her club for this. Vicky is a player who knows she needs to get into good positions to score goals”. Kenio said.
C) From Sportz Point (Koushik Biswas): How did you manage to cope with the weather change and climate difference?
“Climate change was difficult for us and we brought our own cook to adapt. It was very tough training in the morning so we shifted to the afternoon, but it rained, so it was tough for us to acclimatize. We started in Navi Mumbai, then moved to Goa, where the conditions were better and back here. So it was tough but the girls responded well.” Coach Kenio said.
Spanish star Vicky Lopez was also asked about her tournament and about her general feeling after winning the World Cup.
D) From Sportz Point (Koushik Biswas): What is your next dream after winning the World Cup?
“Well winning the World Cup was a dream and this is the lowest division in Spanish national football so I hope to grow and develop at higher levels and reach the elites. Right now, I play for Barcelona, so I wish to win trophies with my club as well.” said Vicky Lopez.
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