U.S. tops Germany to win U20 World Cup

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U.S. tops Germany to win U20 World Cup

TOKYO - 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

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