England beaten by Spain in UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship final

Spain v England UEFA Women's European U17 Championship 2022-23
England were beaten in the semi-finals by Spain last season and in the final this year. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

England had to settle for the runners-up spot in the UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship after a 4-0 loss to Spain in the final.

Spain struck twice late in the first half, opening the scoring through Alba Cerrato Izquierdo and then doubling the lead in stoppage time through a Rachel Maltby own-goal when the ball went in off her head from a near-post corner.

Spain – who had thrashed last year’s winners France 6-1 in the semi-finals – effectively clinched the crown with an eight-minute brace by Celia Segura Rodriguez around the hour mark.

The third-place play-off had earlier seen Poland win on penalties, following a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes against France, to secure the third European berth at the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup in the Dominican Republic later this year.

Poland took a tenth-minute lead through Oliwia Zwiazek only to be instantly pegged back by Justine Rouquet, who would give the French a half-time advantage.

A 35-yard effort by Oliwia Lapinska with ten minutes left forced the shoot-out, as the Poles went on to win 4-2 on spot-kicks.

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