#WU17EURO Final: Germany edge Netherlands on penalties

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Germany won the UEFA Women’s U-17 title for the seventh time in a dozen finals and for the fifth time on penalties, as Pauline Nelles saved four spot-kicks

Sophie Weidauer gave the Germans a 19th minute lead but that was quickly cancelled out by Nikita Tromp, who equalled the record on 18 goals in one campaign.

Natasha Kowalski, Julia Pollak, Lisanne Gräwe, Madeleine Steck and Marleen Rohde of Germany celebrate. (PA Images)

When it came down to the shoot-out, the performance of Pauline Nelles between the sticks was decisive, although Netherlands’ Claire Dinkla played her part too, with seven penalties in a row saved before Mieke Schiemann converted the winner at 3-2.

Pauline Nelles of Germany during the penalty shoot out. (PA Images)

The Dutch had somewhat ironically defeated Germany 3-2 in the group stage but they didn’t get the result when it counted most. A cruel footballing lesson for some of Europe’s finest young talents.

It’s the turn of the U19s next with the #WU19EURO to be played in Scotland in July.

 

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