Portugal win maiden Women’s Youth Olympic Futsal crown
Fifo’s four-goal performance leads Europeans to Buenos Aires gold
Japan earn silver as tournament runners-up
Portugal claimed the first-ever Women’s Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament title following a 4-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal match at Buenos Aires 2018.
Buoyed from their 2-0 defeat of the Japanese in their final Group D match on 13 October, Portugal took command of this gold medal match with a first-half hat-trick from Fifo.
She opened the scoring after only eight seconds of action before doubling Portugal’s lead when she converted a pass from Carol at close range. Fifo’s third was a fine low finish from a corner pass.
Fifo added a fourth goal shortly after the restart before Japan immediately replied through Rikako Yamakawa. It prompted the Asian side to press for more goals and a way back into the match.
Portugal, however, withstood any fight back to create Youth Olympic Games history as the first winners in women’s futsal, with Japan having to settle for the silver medal.
Did you know? Fifo’s opening goal in Wednesday’s gold medal match was the fastest scored at these Youth Olympic Games.
The stat 21 - With her four goals in the final, Fifo finished as the tournament’s top scorer - one more than all the goals scored by Japan at Buenos Aires 2018.