Paris Brunner celebrates after scoring a goal against France while leading Germany to win the 2023 U-17 World Cup at Manahan Stadium, Saturday (2/12/2023) / Photo: OC (@Overcaffeinee)
SOLO – Germany emerged as champions of the 2023 U-17 World Cup after beating France on penalties 4-3 after drawing 2-2 in the final match at Manahan Stadium, Saturday (2/12/2023). This is the first trophy for Der Panzer while participating in this age group football tournament.
Germany appeared quite dominant during the U-17 World Cup final match. In the first 30 minutes, Paris Brunner et al were able to create five kicks and one of them threatened Argney’s goal.
After struggling to secure the sanctity of the French goal, Argney finally had to settle for picking up the ball from the net after Brunner scored from the penalty spot after the German player was brought down in the forbidden box.
This was Brunner’s fifth goal during his appearance at the 2023 U-17 World Cup. The score was 1-0 for Germany’s lead until the first interval was over. If we refer to the match statistics in the first half, Der Panzer appeared quite terrible.
Even though Germany lost in terms of ball possession with a percentage of 36 percent compared to 64 percent. However, Der Panzer was more effective in building attacks.
Evidently, there were four kicks aimed at the goal and one into the French goal. Meanwhile, the opponent was only able to create two kicks and one of them threatened Heide’s goal.
In the second half, Germany only needed six minutes to double the score to 2-0. It was Darvich, who was able to score goals for Der Panzer.
Two minutes later, France responded by scoring a goal through Bouabre’s action. In the 69th minute, Germany was forced to play with 10 players after Mark Osawe received a second yellow card.
Superior in number of players, France tried to find an equalizer. However, the thickness of the German defensive wall meant that the score did not change.
Disaster finally came, five minutes before the match ended. France finally managed to equalize through a goal scored by Mathias Amougou after receiving an accurate pass from his teammate.
Until the whistle sounded, the score was a 2-2 draw without changing. The final match continued into a penalty shootout. In the high-five drama, Germany won with a score of 4-3.