SPAIN 3 FRANCE 2
Spain claimed the Uefa women’s under 19 European championship trophy with a late Patricia Guijarro goal on Sunday evening at Windsor Park in a 3-2 thriller.
France took the lead inside five minutes as Matilde Bourdieu tapped in after Emelyne Laurent skipped the challenges on the wing before squaring to the striker for an easy finish.
Spain however were to equalise on 17 minutes with the next notable chance as Guijarro who applies her trade at FC Barcelona got on the end of a cross from the right to bundle the ball into the net leaving French keeper Mylene Chavas with no chance of saving.
Gilles Eyquem then thought his French side immediately restored their lead as Laurent cracked a long range off the crossbar beating Spanish keeper Noelia Ramos all ends up.
As the game went on Spain started to take control and could have taken the lead when captain Aitana Bonmati latched on to a whipped in free-kick only to head the ball into the side netting from close range when she really should have done better.
Lucia Garcia then came close for the Spanish as she hit a shot just wide after France failed to clear a low cross by Lucia Rodriguez.
Spain started the second half the way they ended the first on top as Maite Oroz who plays her football at Athletic Club in Bilbao saw her effort well blocked by a last-ditch Julie Piga tackle on 53 minutes.
France took the lead on 71 minutes after a period were both teams cancelled each other out as Julie Thibaud played a sensational defence splitting pass into Laurent before the Montpellier winger raced away before curling her effort around Los Rojos keeper Ramos and into the net.
However Pedro Lopez could have saw his side level three minutes later as Damaris Egurrola got on the end of a free-kick before she saw her header tipped over by the fine reactions of Chavas.
Spain equalised on 85 minutes as a floated in free-kick found the head of the impressive Equrrola and she flicked the ball into the net leaving Chavas stranded.
Things went from bad to worse for France as they were reduced to ten as Pauline Dechilly was shown a second yellow card for taking a free-kick too quickly.
Drama was then to follow as Guijarro grabbed her second of the match and fifth of the tournament as she met another whipped in free-kick before planting her header into the net out of the reach of the despairing dive of Chavas to break French hearts.