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Japan beats Spain 3-1 to win Women’s Under-20 World Cup

August 24, 2018
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Japan's Hinata Miyazawa, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's first goal against Spain during the final of the FIFA U20 Women's Soccer World Cup in Vannes, western France, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

VANNES, France (AP) — Japan upset Spain 3-1 in the final to win the Women’s Under-20 World Cup for the first time on Friday.

Hinata Miyazawa, Saori Takarada and Fuka Nagano put their side in a commanding position before Candela Andujar claimed a consolation goal for the Spaniards in the 71st minute.

Spain, who beat Japan 1-0 in the group stages on Aug. 9, was without suspended Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati after she was sent off in the semifinal victory over host France.

Earlier on Friday, France lost 4-2 on penalties to England in the third-place decider after their game finished 1-1 following extra time.

France will also host the Women’s World Cup next June.

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