SEOUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup final with a 3-0 win over Spain on penalties after a thrilling end-to-end match ended 0-0 after extra time.
Nigeria's hero was goalkeeper Oladele Ajiboye who saved two
penalties in the shootout as Nigeria won the tournament for the
third time after successes in China in 1985 and Japan in 1993.
Matthew Edile, Daniel Joshua, and Ganiyu Oseni all scored
for Nigeria while Asier Illaramendi missed for Spain and Fran
Merida, who is on Arsenal's books, and Iago, who is with
Barcelona, saw their penalties saved.
Both sides hit the bar late on as they searched for the
breakthrough, which, despite more than 30 goal attempts from
both sides, came only in the shootout.
Earlier, Germany beat Ghana 2-1 in the third-place playoff
with the German winner coming in stoppage time from
Kaiserslautern youngster Alexander Esswein.
Germany took the lead after 17 minutes through skipper Toni
Kroos of Bayern Munich, who won the Golden Ball as the
tournament's best player, while Ransford Osei equalised for
Ghana after 67 minutes.
Macauley Chrisantus of Nigeria won the Golden Shoe as the
tournament's top scorer with seven goals.