Inma Gabarro’s opener and Salma Paralluelo’s brace – which included a penalty – saw Spain in control at the break. Suzu Amano did pull a goal back two minutes after the restart but that was Japan’s only goal.
Brazil beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the third place match, watched by 15,672. Rosa van Gool cancelled out Ana Clara’s effort but Tarciane restored the lead and extended it from the spot, before Gi Fernandes rounded off the victory.
Spain ended Japan’s undefeated run in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at nine games. The Young Nadeshiko’s last loss in the competition had been 1-0 to Spain in the group stage at France 2018.
Inma Gabarro’s eighth goal made her the first player in 12 years to score more than seven times in one edition of the tournament. The only players to have netted more in one FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are Kelly Wilson (9 in 2002), Christine Sinclair (10 in 2002) and Alex Popp (10 in 2010).
Salma Paralluelo became only the second player to register multiple goals in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup final. Korea DPR’s Kim Songhui hit a 13-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 thumping of China PR in 2006.
Japan’s Maika Hamano won the Golden Ball and also the Silver Boot with four goals, Spain’s Inma Gabarro got the Silver Ball as well as the Golden Boot with eight goals.
The Bronze Ball went to Brazil’s Tarciane, the Bronze Boot to Japan’s Yuzuki Yamamoto with three goals.
Spain’s Txell Font was given the Golden Glove, while the FIFA Fair Play Award was awarded to Japan.