NZ claim bronze medal in Uruguay

New Zealand Football:

New Zealand have made history by claiming the bronze medal at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after defeating Canada 2-1 at the Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo.

Leon Birnie’s side became the first New Zealand national team to claim a medal at any FIFA tournament.

In five previous FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, New Zealand had never finished higher than 12th.

New Zealand got off to a fantastic start when they scored twice in the opening 13 minutes through a Grace Wisnweksi double, but Canada got within striking distance when Lara Kazandjian scored a stunning solo goal in the second half and New Zealand held on for a historic win. Birnie said the bronze medal capped off an incredible tournament for his young team.

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