Christian Wück’s DFB-youth squad have captured the Bundesrepublik’s first World Championship on the U17 level.
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After reaching the FIFA U-17 World Cup Final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Argentina on Tuesday, the German U17s defeated France in another shootout to claim their first World Championship at the U17 level on Saturday. Dortmund prospect Paris Brunner converted yet another penalty to give the Germans a 1-0 lead at the half. Freiburg-native Noah Darvich added a second shortly after the restart at the end of a Brunner-instigated counter.
Christian Wück’s DFB-youths survived both a pull-back goal shortly after Darvich’s 2-0, but were ultimately made to pay for the sending-off of RB Leipzig midfielder Winners Osawe on double yellows in the 69th. A second goal was conceded. Just like in this summer’s UEFA U-17 European Championship, Germany defeated their French counterparts on penalties.
Brunner missed his spot-kick in the shootout, but a decisive conversion from his fellow Dortmund prospect Almugera Kabar in the subsequent round enabled Wück’s side to prevail over their opponents 4-3 following six rounds. Wück and his squad – commemorating two major tournament victories in a six-month-span – engaged in an full pile-up celebration at the left corner flag.