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Spain 2-0 France: La Roja win inaugural Women's Nations League
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Aitana Bonmati scored in Spain's win over France
Aitana Bonmati scored in Spain's win over France

World Cup winners Spain added more silverware to their trophy cabinet with a 2-0 victory over France to claim the inaugural UEFA Women's Nations League title.

Ballon d'Or winner Aitana Bonmati opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and Mariona Caldentey netted after the break in front of a crowd of 32,657 at Seville's Estadio La Cartuja.

France improved in the second half but could not find a way through a La Roja side who were as dominant in defence as they were threatening in attack.

The tournament also served as a qualifier for this summer's Paris Olympics, with the three remaining UEFA spots up for grabs due to France's automatic berth as hosts.

Spain booked their ticket when they reached the final with a 3-0 victory over the Netherlands, forcing the Oranje Leeuwinnen into a third-place playoff with Germany for the final Games spot.

Spain saw more of the ball in a cagey first half, Salma Paralluelo first forcing French keeper Solene Durand into a routine save then setting up skipper Irene Paredes, whose nodded effort clipped the outside of the post.

Bonmati finally delivered the breakthrough following some fine work by Olga Carmona to pick out the Barcelona midfielder.

The hosts put the game to bed eight minutes after the restart when Caldentey swept Ona Batlle’s cross into the corner.


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