The host country will not be in the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Indeed, France lost yesterday against Spain 1-0. Despite the lack of more goals, this semifinal between France and Spain has held all the spectators in breath during 90 minutes.
For the second semifinal this Monday, August 20, the stadium of La Rabine has vibrated to the rhythm of the sounds of many supporters bring their support to France and also to Spain to a lesser extent. In the first half, the match is fairly balanced between the two opponents who surrender shot for blow. On the French occasions, the Iberian ones follow and it is on a draw that both teams go to the break.
Back from the break, the young Spanish seem more conquering. Lucia Rodriguez drops a ball from Patri Guijarro‘s header that just has to put his ball in the net. We are in the 51st minute. Guijarro scores his sixth goal of the tournament.
The bluebirds pricked in their pride raise their level of play but it is without counting on the Rojita who has in heart to converse his advantage. The duels intensify and Aitana Bonmati gets a second yellow card, synonymous with expulsion more than 20 minutes from the end of the game.
The blueberries seem to take the ascendancy taking advantage of the numerical inferiority of the Rojita. They get a penalty in the 75th minute. Marie-Antoinette Katoko pulls towards the goals of Catalina Coll. The latter captures this ball brilliantly. The score remains unchanged after the missed penalty of young French and all other attempts of the host country will remain a failure.
Final score of the match: France 0- 2 Spain
Catalina Coll gets the title of player of the match thanks to this superb penalty stop during the second half-time.
France will face England in third place on Friday (August 24th), just before the final between Spain and Japan.