Suara.com – Germany U-17 coach Christian Wueck is proud of his team’s success in advancing to the final of the 2023 U-17 World Cup. The Der Panzer youth team advanced to the final after beating Argentina via a penalty shootout in the semifinal match which was held at the Manahan Stadium, Solo, Java. Central, Tuesday (28/11/2023).
“We are very proud and happy to be able to enter the final round of the U-17 World Cup. We actually experienced two different rounds,” said Christian Wueck after the match against Argentina.
The expression of the German U-17 National Team coach, Christian Wueck when singing the national anthem before the U-17 World Cup quarter-final match against the Spanish U-17 National Team at the Newsdelivers.com International Stadium (JIS), Friday (24/11). (Doc. LOC WCU17/BRY)
“In the first half, we were leading 1-0 and ended up drawing 3-3. We had a penalty shootout and Germany finally won 7-5,” he added.
Wueck said his team played well but then got a little caught off guard so they couldn’t keep up with Argentina’s game, which went on to lead 2-1 but Germany was again able to equalize 2-2 to go back ahead 3-2.
“We could have scored two goals against Argentina by playing more aggressively and actively. We chose to move forward,” he said.
“Of course the result of this match was very good. We were leading 3-2 but ended up drawing 3-3 and then went to a penalty shootout. And you could say we were quite lucky,” he continued.
Due to these results, Wueck said he was even more optimistic about being able to win the U-17 World Cup because from the start Germany had a strong desire to win, in fact Germany had never been defeated throughout the competition.
“Whoever we play against, we hope to win,” he said.
“It’s a shame that we only have five penalty takers because two players are injured. We are working with doctors and physios so that they can recover. Of course we want to win a trophy. This is our goal,” he said.
Meanwhile, Argentina national team head coach Diego Placente said his team played very well in a very physical match that ended in a penalty shootout.
“I think we played very well. We had chances to score but couldn’t finish,” said Placente.
“The match was very physically draining, in the end it was a draw and a penalty kick was taken. As we know, penalties are lucky,” he continued, as published by ANTARA.
Even though they failed to advance to the final, Placente still felt proud of the performance of his team because they had shown their best game.
One of the players who made a big contribution to Argentina in the semifinal match was Agustin Ruberto who scored three goals in that match.
“Since he was young he has loved scoring goals and today he is playing very well. He is a complete, intelligent and great player. I hope he continues to develop and makes his team proud,” he concluded.