Spain crowned after seven-goal thriller with Swiss
Spain won their third UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship after an early strike by Lucía García, own goals from Luisa Felder and Naomi Mégroz, Carmen Menayo’s long-range fourth and Lorena Navarro’s tap-in proved enough to see off Switzerland 5-2 in Saturday’s final in Reykjavik.
Pedro López’s team made an irresistible start to the Valsvöllur showpiece and found the net twice in the opening 13 minutes through García and Felder’s unfortunate deflection. Typically of this tournament, final debutants Switzerland were much improved in the second half and restored pride with a fine Geraldine Reutler effort. However, that was not before another Swiss mishap from a Spanish set piece, this one involving Mégroz, had made it 3-0. Goals from Menayo and substitute Navarro then sandwiched a close-range finish by Amira Arfaoui.
Switzerland had barely been out of their half when the two-time winners of the WU17 crown – appearing in their fifth final – broke the deadlock. Natalia Montilla crossed for García, who finished easily for her fifth goal of these Icelandic finals. Monica Di Fonzo’s side conceded again from Aitana Bonmati’s corner which García rose to head in off Swiss right-back Luisa Felder.
The Alpine team were stronger after the restart but Menayo swung in a 50th-minute free-kick which the unlucky Megroz turned into her own goal. Reuteler soon cut the gap, letting fly a perfectly clean shot into the top corner. However, sloppy Swiss play led to a fourth Spanish goal. Menayo intercepted advancing goalkeeper Nadja Furrer’s intended pass for her centre-halves and lobbed Furrer from 30 metres.
Replacement Arfoui sneaked in at the back post late on to turn home Naomi Mégroz’s corner, only for the 757 spectators to see Spain get the last word two minutes into stoppage time, Menayo cutting inside Thais Hurni and Sarah Kaufman to tee up Navarro’s clincher.
• Spain win third Women’s Under-17 title in Reykjavik
• Last season’s runners-up score twice inside 13 minutes and never look back
• Lucía García gets fifth goal of finals, Carmen Menayo and Lorena Navarro also score
• Swiss hurt by two own goals but strike through Géraldine Reuteler and Amira Arfaoui