Spain join U-17 Women's World Cup royalty

1 Dec 2018
  • Spain celebrate first-ever U-17 Women's World Cup title

  • Mexico finish as runners-up, their best performance in competition's history

  • New Zealand claim historic bronze medal

THE DAY REPLAYED - Spain were crowned FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup champions for the first time in their history with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Mexico in the final. New Zealand wrapped up their historic performance at Uruguay 2018 by finishing with the bronze medal after a 2-1 win over Canada in the match for third place.

Results Final Spain 2-1 Mexico

Match for Third Place New Zealand 2-1 Canada

Uruguay 2018: Final and Match for Third Place

The trophy is pictured before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 final match

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - DECEMBER 01: The trophy is pictured before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 final match between Spain and Mexico at Estadio Charrua on December 1, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

A view inside the New Zealand locker room

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - DECEMBER 1: A view inside the New Zealand locker room before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 3rd place match between New Zealand and Canada at Estadio Charrua on December 1, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Memorable moments Vintage La Rojita: Claudia Pina's opening goal in the Final showcased the Spanish style of play to a tee. After a neat sequence of passing, Maria Mendez sent a long, diagonal pass with precision for Salma Paralluelo, who cushioned a headed pass for Pina and the playmaker did the rest, calmly dribbling past her marker before finishing into the far, bottom corner.

Star-studded guest list: Plenty of special guests were among the 5,488 spectators to witness the culmination of the tournament in Montevideo, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Vice-President Alejandro Dominguez, Mexico Football Association President Yon De Luisa, Vice-President of Spain's Football Association Rafael Del Amo among many others.

Local legend graces the Charrua: One of Uruguay's greatest footballers and FIFA Legend Diego Forlan kicked off Saturday's festivities by bringing the official trophy on to the field moments before the opening whistle. As if any more motivation was needed, both La Rojita and El Tri got a glimpse of the trophy at stake. You can be assured there were a few who didn't dare take a look at the shiny cup out of superstition.

Finishing with style: Before Spain and Mexico kicked off the final the crowd at the Estadio Charrua were treated to a rendition of "Uruguay Noma" by a large group of children, some coming from Escuela 355, where several Uruguayan players visited earlier this week, inspiring the next generation.

Wisnewski wows: The first match of the day saw a new record set at the U-17 Women's World Cup. Grace Wisnewski scored the tournament's fastest ever goal to ultimately lead the Kiwis to a bronze medal. Her family initially did not travel to Uruguay because she thought her playing time would be limited, however, once New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals with her playing an important role, they flew thousands of miles to see her, and there's no doubt they're glad they did.

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - DECEMBER 01: Legend Diego Forlán enters to the pitch with the trophy before the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 final match between Spain and Mexico at Estadio Charrua on December 1, 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The words “It’s indescribable. I can’t begin to tell you what it feels like because I don’t know myself. This is a special moment, absolutely one-of-a-kind and we know that what it means for girls all over the world for Spain’s women’s football, this is massive.” Spain coach Tona Is

"Regardless of the result today we've had an amazing campaign. The bronze is the icing on the cake and completes what's been an outstanding tournament for these girls. I don't think there was a player in our squad that didn't think we could win today. There are a lot of young female players that have seen what these girls have done and who will be inspired to get involved and play football and at the end of the day that's a really positive thing." New Zealand coach Leon Birnie