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Barcelona star nets twice as Spain seal UEFA Women's U19 win at Windsor

France 2 Spain 3

By Laure James

Spain came from behind twice to defeat holders France in the Uefa Women's Under-19 Euro Championship final at Windsor Park last night.

Patricia Guijarro, who plays for Barcelona and was the tournament's top scorer, was on target twice and played a key role in Spain's successful revenge mission against France, who had beaten them 2-1 in last year's final.

The Spanish also put to bed a miserable run of back-to-back final defeats, emerging triumphant in their fourth on the bounce.

French ace Emeleyn Laurent embarked on a lung-busting run down the wing to feed Mathilde Bourdieu, who tapped home from inside the six-yard box within the first four minutes to put the holders ahead.

France's opener was cancelled out 13 minutes later as Paula Fernandez's corner was met by Guijarro, who steered it home to put the Spanish back on level terms.

Laurent nearly got France's noses back in front with a screamer from 25 yards. The ball beat goalkeeper Noelia Ramos, but crashed down off the bar and away to safety.

After the half-time interval, the breathless tempo had quietened and it looked as if Spain had lost confidence when they went 2-1 down with 20 minutes left.

Laurent outpaced every Roja shirt down the left wing, took time to switch the ball onto her strong foot and hammered a strike which curled around Ramos and inside the far post.

Carmen Menayo's 84th-minute free-kick was delivered with perfect accuracy for Damaris Egurrola to rise the highest and net past French skipper Mylene Chavas.

Within moments, Pauline Dechilly was sent off for a harsh second yellow for taking a free-kick too quickly, and the Spanish smelled blood. Guijarro jumped highest this time to head home another Menayo free-kick and earn her side the trophy.

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