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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Navarros on song as Spain bag bronze


Spain have finished third at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 after an impressive 4-0 win over Venezuela at the Amman International Stadium. *La Rojita's *two Navarros, Eva and Lorena, grabbed the goals either side of half-time, with the latter's hat-trick leaving her in pole position to finish as the tournament's top scorer.

Korea DPR's Ri Hae-Yon is three goals behind with five and has the final to play later, but Navarro has at least seen off one challenger in Deyna Castellanos, who - as in the semi-final - was subdued by some attentive marking. Venezuela and Castellanos did begin the match brightly though, and might have taken the lead in eight minutes had Natalia Ramos not scampered back to clear the *Vinotinto *No9's goal-bound lob.

However, Spain grew into the match as the half wore on and, with 17 minutes played, took the lead with a brilliantly worked goal. Paula Fernandez was at the heart of it, as she showed superb skill and trickery on the left to beat three defenders and release Candela Andujar on the left. The *Rojita *winger in turn delivered an inviting low cross, which was perfectly judged for Eva Navarro to convert from close range at the back post.

The goal seemed to dent Venezuela's confidence, although they did come close to a stunning equaliser shortly before the interval when Yerliane Moreno wriggled into space 30 yards out and crashed a superb right-footed shot off the face of the post.

Spain remained on top, though, and the introduction of adidas Golden Boot-chasing Lorena Navarro at half-time brought added urgency to their attacking play. The little No9 has been out of form and, more recently, out of the team since netting five in their opening win over Jordan, but she picked the perfect time to rediscover her scoring touch.

Just seven minutes after coming on, Navarro burst into the box and rifled high into the net, converting decisively a measured low cross from her impressive namesake, Eva. Then, after Claudia Pina and Laia Aleixandri had come close to adding a third, the substitute struck again.

This goal was more of a poacher's effort, scrambled home after Fernandez had been tackled inside the box, but it gave her team a well-earned win and Navarro herself a clear advantage in the race to finish top scorer. And that cushion was increased yet further four minutes from time when Navarro rounded off the scoring, poking into the corner from close range after latching on to a clever Pina pass.

Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Eva Navarro (ESP)

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