Germany managed to become champions of the 2023 U-17 World Cup after winning a dramatic match against France with a score of 4-3 on penalties. The final match which was held at the Manahan Stadium, Solo, on Saturday (2/12/2023) brought together Germany and France, and ended in high tension after the score was tied at 2-2 until the end of normal time.
At the start of the match, Germany appeared more aggressive, but France’s solid defense was able to stop Nationalelf’s attack. Even so, golden opportunities were created by the actions of Saïmon Bouabré for France and Noah Darvich for Germany, but both goalkeepers, Konstantin Heide and Paul Argney, managed to save their goals.
In the 29th minute, Germany managed to open the scoring through Paris Brunner’s penalty after the referee decided that Bilal Yalcinkaya had been fouled in the penalty box. The 1-0 score lasted until the first half ended.
In the second half, France tried to catch up and managed to score the second goal through Mathis Amougou. However, Germany did not remain silent and regained the lead after a goal from Noah Darvich.
In the 69th minute, Germany had to play with 10 players after Winners Osawe received a second yellow card. France took advantage of their numerical advantage, but their attacks were often rushed and fruitless.
France managed to equalize at 2-2 in the 84th minute through Tidiam Gomis’ goal after a pass from Tidiam Gomis. Even so, the 2-2 draw remained until the end of normal time.
The match must then be decided via penalty shootout. France led 2-0 after the first two kicks, but Germany came back and equalized the score at 3-3. In sudden death, Germany finally emerged victorious with a score of 4-3 after Almugera Kabar managed to score the decisive goal.
With this victory, Germany won the 2023 U-17 World Cup title. The players who contributed greatly to this victory included Konstantin Heide, Paris Brunner, Noah Darvich, and Almugera Kabar. Even though France showed a persistent game, they had to settle for being runners-up in this tournament.