U.S. tops Germany to win U20 World CupTOKYO - The United States won the women’s under-20 World Cup for the third time, defeating defending champion Germany, 1-0, Saturday on a goal by Kealia Ohai in the 44th minute.
Crystal Dunn beat a German defender in the penalty area and squared a pass to Ohai, who sent a right-footed shot over goalkeeper Laura Benkarth. It was the only goal Germany gave up in the tournament.
“I saw Crystal making a run and every time she does that you know she is going to get something in the box,’’ Ohai said. “I sprinted as fast as I could and she got the ball to me and I just squared it.’’
Earlier Saturday, Japan downed Nigeria, 2-1, in the third-place game. Yoko Tanaka and Asuka Nishikawa scored for Japan and Desire Oparanozie had Nigeria’s goal.
The U.S. and Germany also met in the group stage, with the Germans winning 3-0 on Aug. 27 in Miyagi.
The Americans also captured this tournament in 2002 and 2008. Germany won in 2004 and 2010. AP