The Colombian U-17 Women's National Team achieved a historic step to a FIFA world final for the first time in history for the coffee country, something that no other team, neither the men's nor the most experienced women's had achieved.
LatinAmerican Post | Paula Andrea Hernández
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Those led by Carlos Paniagua faced Nigeria in the semifinals where they equalized goalless in regulation time but later managed to win 6-5 in the definition of twelve steps.
Now, the Tricolor will find itself in the World Cup final with a team that they have already faced in this competition and with which they will seek to "get the thorn out", as the player Natalia Hernández said, it is the Spanish National Team, which achieved its ticket to the final after beating Germany by the minimum difference.
How Was The Path Of Each Team In The World Cup?
Colombia faced Spain in their debut at the U-17 World Cup where they lost with a goal from Jone Amezaga. In the group stage, both teams won two games and lost one.
Spain left Germany on the way, a tough rival who did not know what defeat was in this World Cup, while Nigeria had lost.
Of the four times that the Spanish team has played a World Cup in this category, on two occasions it reached third place, was runner-up, and then champion. In fact, they will seek in this final to claim their title as they are the most recent winners.
For its part, Colombia, in its four previous participations, had always been eliminated in the first phase, so for the first time, it will know what it is like to play in the final instances of this World Cup.
One of the strongest arguments for this Colombian National Team in the final is that it has the scorer and star of this World Cup, Linda Caicedo, who has already scored five goals and was recently the best player in the Copa América Femenina.
This year, both teams were already runners-up, Colombia in the South American U-17 and Spain in the UEFA Women's U-17, a competition in which the Spanish Carla Camacho, who plays for Real Madrid, was one of the scorers. Now the two teams will have their revenge in a final.
Weaknesses And Strengths
The Colombian National Team has shortcomings in possession of the ball, a key aspect to take into account against Spain that has shown that they like to have the ball in the middle of the pitch. In addition, those led by Carlos Paniagua have failed in the number of players who go on the attack and for this reason, significant scoring options have been wasted.
In the match against Spain in the group stage, the feeling remained that the Tricolor greatly respected their peers and lacked courage, something that ended up costing them the match in the end.
The Spanish National Team suffers a lot from high pressure, they like to have possession of the ball and when they don't have it, their approach and ideas to reach the rival goal are hindered. Undoubtedly, the team that has better read the other during the game in which they already faced each other and knows how to impose their conditions, will be the one with the advantage.
Due to its track record and track record, the Spain National Team is a great favorite in the final of the U-17 World Cup, as it will also defend the title it won in the last edition against Mexico.
The Red will face the Tricolor, thirsty for glory, and with the most unbalanced player in the World Cup, Linda Caicedo, who is in perfect condition to face this commitment, unlike the group stage match where she had some discomfort.
Next Sunday, October 30, the Colombian National Team will play the most important match in its history against Spain at the DY Patil Stadium. This will be a transcendental commitment not only for the coffee country but for South America, which for the first time has a representative in this instance.