France and Germany faced each other for the third time in the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship final. The Germans won the two previous matches in 2002 and 2006. However, this year, the French could prevail with a 2 -1 victory in the Scottish town of Paisley to clinch the title for the fifth time.
For coach Maren Meinert, everything seemed to be going according to plan in the fifth and final European final, when Nicole Anyomi put the six-time champions ahead after only six minutes. France responded only a short time later when Sandy Baltimore defeated opposing goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt and equalized. Germany had the misfortune not to restore its lead when a shot from Anyomi hit the post just before half-time.
In the last 15 minutes of the second half, Maelle Lakrar’s goal was to break German hearts and win a 2-1 win and the title for France. Although Melvine Malard missed the chance to set a clear advantage just before the final whistle, she remained the tournament’s top scorer with four goals, while Meinert ended her tenure as German head coach with three trophies.
Last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
After Spain had won the last edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 in France as European champions, it came this time to a 1: 3 defeat against the eventual winners. Two years ago, the Rojita in Belfast took the trophy against the same opponents, having already been satisfied with the second place three times.
Nevertheless, the fight for the final was incredibly close and all four goals came in extra time – a competitive record. The result ended Spain’s two-year term and meant they had missed the final for the first time since 2013.
In the second semi-final, the Netherlands lost 3: 1 against the six-time U-19 European champions. Despite this disappointment, the Oranje still had reason to celebrate as they finished fourth in the second place since 2018. Women’s world Cup.
In contrast, France’s semi-finalist England 2018 miss the next global showdown. The Young Lionesses had to settle for third place in the group stage after just one win.
Scotland could not score a single point during the tournament, losing 2-1 to France in the group stage, 0-0 to Norway and 0-0 to the Netherlands.