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FIFA U17 World Cup: Germany crowned World Champions following another penalty shootout success

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

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Surakarta, Indonesia – Almugera Kabar’s winning penalty and more Konstantin Heide heroic saves crown Germany U17 world champions.

The win means Germany U17s are the first team to be crowned European and World Champions in the same year.

France hugely improved in the second half, but ten men Germany did what they do best, they held on and won the penalty shootout.

Germany defeated Argentina on penalties in their semi-final, following an electric 90 minutes of football while France came from behind to beat Mali on Tuesday and both teams enjoyed unbeaten campaigns leading up to the final.

This World Cup final was a rematch of the U17 Euros final in June, where Germany were again crowned champions on penalties.

What Happened?

The Germans thought they had an early advantage as Paris Brunner volleyed home from close range inside four minutes, but the linesman’s flag was up, and the goal was ruled out.

After 21 minutes, Saïmon Bouabré made a great run down the left-hand side, cutting inside and shooting with his right foot but Heide’s diving save prevented what would’ve been an excellent solo goal.

Moments later and following a defensive mix up in the box, Bilal Yalçinkaya believed he had been brought down illegally and following a lengthy VAR review a penalty was given.

Brunner stepped up and fired into the bottom left corner to give Germany the lead inside half an hour.

Five minutes into the second half, Darvich put Germany 2-0 up as he fired the ball between Paul Argney and the near post.

France hit back with an instant response through Bouabré, the winger got the better of his defender and finished across the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

After 55 minutes, Yvann Titi very nearly brought France level but Heide was there to deny his powerful header.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Winners Osawe was dismissed for a late challenge on Ismail Bouneb meaning Germany would have only ten men to defend their lead.

In the 85th minute, Mathis Amougou finished off an excellent team move to draw the French level just five minutes before full time.

France piled on the pressure in the late stages, but Germany held on, and the U17 World Cup final would be decided by a penalty shootout.

At 3-3, Brunner had the chance to win it all for Germany, but Argney dove down to his left and tipped the ball beyond the post to keep France in it.

Tidiam Gomis stepped up and Heide saved a penalty for the second time, France’s second miss, and substitute Kabar rifled in the winning penalty to crown Germany world champions.

[Credit: Alex Caparros]

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