Germany Clinch FIFA U-17 World Cup in Thrilling Penalty Shootout

Germany Clinch FIFA U-17 World Cup in Thrilling Penalty Shootout

In a nail-biting final at the FIFA U-17 World Cup™, Germany emerged victorious after a dramatic penalty shootout against France in Surakarta, securing their first-ever title at this level.

The game witnessed a roller-coaster of emotions, with both teams showcasing their talent and resilience.

Germany started the match with lightning-quick intensity, seemingly finding the net early on as Paris Brunner rifled home from close-range. However, the goal was disallowed by the assistant referee for an offside in the build-up. Undeterred, Brunner would have his moment shortly after, converting a confidently taken penalty just before the half-hour mark after a foul on Bilal Yalcinkaya.

The European champions continued their attacking prowess, extending their lead shortly after halftime. Max Moerstedt’s break down the right led to a teasing ball intended for Brunner, but it was the captain Noah Darvich who capitalized, turning the ball home from a tight angle.

France, however, demonstrated resilience and quickly responded. Saimon Bouabre’s terrific strike from the left-wing found the bottom corner, halving the deficit just two minutes after Germany’s second goal.

The momentum further shifted in France’s favor when Winners Osawe received a red card for a second booking in the 69th minute. Despite being down to ten men, Germany held on, defending resolutely against an attacking French side.

With the clock ticking down, France managed to level the score in the 85th minute. Tidiam Gomis initiated a break down the right, combining with a one-two and providing the assist for Mathis Amougou to turn home from close-range, forcing the game into a penalty shootout.

The shootout proved as thrilling as the preceding 90 minutes, with both teams displaying nerves of steel. Germany’s goalkeeper Konstantin Heide emerged as the hero, saving two crucial penalties from the French side. Almugera Kabar then confidently dispatched the winning spot-kick for Germany, sealing their 4-3 victory in the shootout.

Final Score: Germany 2-2 France (4-3 PSO)


Germany: Paris Brunner (29′ pen), Noah Darvich (51′)

France: Saimon Bouabre (53′), Mathis Amougou (85′)

Player of the Match:

Konstantin Heide (Germany)

The thrilling final not only showcased the skill and determination of the young talents but also provided football fans with an unforgettable spectacle. Germany’s triumph in the FIFA U-17 World Cup marks a historic moment for their youth football program, setting the stage for the future stars of the sport.