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FIFA U17 World Cup: Konstantin Heide penalty shootout heroics sends Germany to World Cup Final

Argentina 3 – 3 Germany (Germany win 4-2 on penalties)

[Credit: Alex Caparros]

Surakarta, Indonesia – Paris Brunner and Konstantin Heide lead Germany to their first FIFA U17 World Cup final since 1985.

Despite Augustín Ruberto’s 97th minute equaliser, Germany came out on top on penalties thanks to heroics from second choice goalkeeper Heide.

Argentina breezed past South American rivals Brazil in their quarter-final thanks to Claudio Echeverri’s hattrick.

Brunner’s penalty against Spain was enough to book Germany’s place in this U17 World Cup semi-final.

Echeverri’s early pressure almost led to the fastest goal in the competition, the Argentine took the ball around the goalkeeper, but his shot could only find the side netting after ten seconds.

After eight minutes, Brunner twisted and turned past his defender and squeezed the strike between the goalkeeper and near post to give the Germans an early advantage.

In the 22nd minute, the ball was played across the box and Gustavo Albarracín came close to equalising, but Heide pulled off an excellent save to deny the midfielder.

Argentina found their equaliser with ten minutes to go in the first half as Dylan Gorosito found Augustín Ruberto in the box and the striker fired home.

In first-half stoppage time, Ruberto struck again this time finding the top right corner with a sweet left footed strike from 12 yards.

Agustin Ruberto celebrates scoring twice [Credit: Eurasia Sport Images]

Jeremías Florentin denied Max Moerstedt two minutes into the second half as the German striker’s left-footed shot was blocked by the goalkeeper’s outstretched leg.

Ten minutes later Brunner capitalised on Florentín’s poor clearance, and the winger curled a right-footed shot into the far corner for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Germany took the lead after 68 minutes through Wolfsburg’s Max Moerstedt, Noah Darvich’s cross bounced up off an Argentine defender and the striker headed the ball into the back of the net.

In the 80th minute Brunner thought he had a hattrick as he fired in off the bar following Florentín’s parry, but the linesman’s flag was up.

In the dying embers of stoppage time, Ruberto fired in an equaliser off the bar for his hattrick and eighth of the tournament to take the game to penalties.

Thanks to Heide’s two saves Germany had the advantage in the shootout and Brunner slotted home the winning penalty to send his country to the FIFA U17 World Cup final, where they will face either France or Mali.

 Players of Germany celebrate victory following a penalty shoot out during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Semi Final match between Argentina and Germany [Credit: Robertus Pudyanto]

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