Hinckley Stadium - Hinckley 26/11/2013 - 20:00CET (19:00 local time)

Final tournament - Group stage - Group B

France - Spain
0-2
 

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Spain's confident start leaves France floored

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 21.52CET
France 0-2 Spain
A goal in each half from Mireya García Boa and Patricia Guijarro ensured that 2010 and 2011 winners Spain made a victorious start.
by Simon Hart
from Hinckley Stadium

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Match statistics

FranceSpain

Goals scored0
2
Total attempts3
 
18
on target0
3
off target2
 
8
blocked1
 
7
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
8
Fouls suffered6
 
4

Standings

Last updated: 28/11/2013 01:08 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 21.52CET

Spain's confident start leaves France floored

France 0-2 Spain
A goal in each half from Mireya García Boa and Patricia Guijarro ensured that 2010 and 2011 winners Spain made a victorious start.

Spain made a confident start to their UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship campaign as goals from Mireya García Boa and Patricia Guijarro earned a 2-0 victory over France.

There was excitement in the main stand in Hinckley before kick-off when the teams fired a flurry of balls into the crowd to give some of the 619 spectators a nice keepsake. When it came to giving the ball away, though, that was where Spain's generosity largely ended. The Spain coach, Jorge Vilda, has won this competition twice before and this was a surefooted start by his side, which leaves them as the early Group B leaders, ahead of Germany on goal difference.

They grew gradually into the match – indeed it was France who threatened first. Manon Uffren hit the defensive wall from an indirect free-kick inside the Spain box and Mathilde Jouanno fired over on the half-volley, but once the Spanish got into their stride, the chances arrived.

Patricia Guijarro headed just over, Nahikari García saw a low shot bounce away off the far post, and then, in the 31st minute, the breakthrough came through García Boa. A fortuitous ricochet meant an attempted French clearance landed at her feet and she responded with a wonderfully instinctive finish, catching Manon Heil off her line with a precise lob from 20 metres.

France coach Guy Ferrier sent on Delphine Cascarino, a member of his 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup-winning side, at half-time but Spain remained ascendant. García Boa broke through but as she rounded Heil, the goalkeeper thrust out a hand to save. The second goal came instead from Guijarro, the No9 bundling the ball in from an Andrea Sánchez corner in the 53rd minute. Spain might have had more goals – not least in one exciting sequence where defiant French defenders got in the way of at least four shots – but the points were theirs already.

Last updated: 02/12/13 14.23CET

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