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U17 World Cup: DFB-Elf defeats Spain and reaches semi-finals

Football victory against Spain

German U17 reaches World Cup semi-finals

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Germany’s winning goalscorer Paris Brunner (from) celebrates his goal in the 64th minute with his teammates

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The German U17 national team is in the World Cup semi-finals, as it was last in 2011. Coach Christian Wück’s selection will initially have to suffer a lot against Spain. But at the crucial moment she acts ice cold.

Thanks to Paris Brunner, the German U17 national team celebrated reaching the semi-finals at the World Cup in Indonesia. In the thrilling 1-0 (0-0) against dominant Spaniards on Friday in Jakarta, Dortmund’s Brunner ensured the victory of the highly efficient DFB selection with a converted penalty kick in front of 8,379 spectators (64th minute).

This is good for the beleaguered association; reports of success have been few and far between this year. Most recently the embarrassment of the senior national team against Austria and Turkey, before that the early exit of the women’s national team at the European Championships and the defeat of the U21 as defending champions, which was over after the group phase of the European Championships. And mixed into this whole series of bad news was the admission that Hansi Flick was no longer acceptable as national coach. The U17 triumph is therefore very useful for the DFB as a mood booster.

In hot and humid weather, the German team successfully defended itself against the Spanish offensive superiority with a lot of effort in the nerve-wracking thirteen minutes of stoppage time. After three wins in the group stage as well as successes in the knockout round against the USA and now against Spain, Brazil or Argentina are the next opponents for the European champions in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

A downer in the game against the Spaniards

With passionate defensive work and a good deal of luck, the DFB team managed to prevent the Spaniards, who were clearly dominating the game, from scoring. Coach Christian Wück’s team lost the ball too often too quickly. But an example of the effort was a block by St. Pauli player Eric da Silva Moreira against Marc Guiu (21′). The Barcelona striker, who was already a goalscorer in the Primera División, could hardly believe the missed goal. Bitter for the German team: Top performer Charles Herrmann had to go out injured early (17th).

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Spain continued to act with pressure after the break, but the German team celebrated the goal. After a pass from Hamburger Bilal Yalcinkaya, who came on for Herrmann, Brunner fell in the penalty area against Hector Fort, who was clumsily defending. The European Championship top scorer took the unexpected lead himself. As was the case in 2011, when Germany came third, the U17s are in the World Cup semi-finals. After an emergency stop on Yalcinkaya, Spain’s goalkeeper Raul Jimenez was shown a red card shortly before the end (90th + 11th).

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