France wins FIFA under-17 World Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

France shut out mighty Nigeria 3-0 yesterday for its first championship trophy in the FIFA under-17 World Championship.

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France shut out mighty Nigeria 3-0 yesterday for its first championship trophy in the FIFA under-17 World Championship. For French soccer it is yet another trophy to add to an already impressive collection. France's national team is at the top in FIFA rankings after winning the 1998 World Cup and last year's European Championship. The first-half goal by Florent Sinama Pongolle, already widely considered the finest player of the championship, was his ninth of the tournament. With the score, he broke the longstanding tournament record of eight made by West Germany's Marcel Witeczek in the 1985 competition in China. Nigeria, which had the stingiest defence in the tournament, allowing only two goals in its previous five games, was undone by a methodical French attack that picked away at its defence. (PTI)

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