Mexico tops Canada to reach Under-17 World Cup Final
Alison Gonzalez (left # 10) congratulates Nicole Perez after scoring the penalty kick that gave Mexico the win over Canada in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Championship at the Charrua Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay on November 28 , 2018 (Photo Courtesy of FIFA)
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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Mexico will play for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup title after defeating Canada 1-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday night at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, Uruguay.

With the victory, Mexico becomes just the second team from Concacaf to play in a FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final, (United States, 2008).

A Nicole Perez penalty conversion in the 25’ would prove to be the difference between the two sides in what was the first ever all-Concacaf semifinal at a FIFA women’s youth tournament.

Mexico FW Alison Gonzalez was fouled in the Canada penalty area, earning El Tricolor the spot kick which Perez coolly scored for the 1-0 advantage.

Mexico was not content to just sit on a one-goal lead, and it nearly made it two in the 53’, only for Silvana Flores to hit the crossbar with a long-range effort.

Canada looked to mount a comeback in hopes of pulling level, but Mexico stayed strong defensively and kept the Canadians at bay to secure its spot in the Final.

Mexico will take on Spain in the Final on Saturday at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, while Canada will face New Zealand in the Third-Place match prior to the Final.