U-20 Women’s World Cup Recap

7 Sep

It took a disallowed goal and extra-time in the final game, but in the end Germany lifted their third U-20 Women’s World Cup (and their second World Cup of 2014) August 24. The victory came courtesy of Lena Petermann, who didn’t waste this opportunity in the 98+:

Per German coach Maren Meinert,

The players and I spent the whole summer cheering on the men’s team and their success definitely motivated us. We didn’t necessarily expect to follow them and be standing here as champions, but we’re very proud – and the quality of teams we’ve beaten along the way makes us especially proud.

It wasn’t an easy game to win. Nigeria had the momentum for the majority of the game, but just couldn’t finish numerous close chances. It was especially heartbreaking for Asisat Oshoala, who suffered from a bit of Benzema-itis. After scuffing a few shots, Oshoala thought she had the winner in the 85+ when she beat German goalkeeper Meike Kaemper.

However, Oshoala’s teammate Loveth Ayila decided to kick the ball as it was going into the open net. The linesman judged Ayila to be offside and the goal disallowed.

Replays showed the ball had already crossed the line before Ayila hit it. No goal line technology, no goal.

Across or not, it was a damn foolish move by Ayila. This was actually the second time in the game Ayila had interfered with a clear goal-scoring opportunity for Oshoala. Tactical indiscipline is what Nigerian coach Peter Dedevbo said cost them the game; yeah, I have to agree.

Over in the third-place game, the first half was pretty slow going. Goals started flowing in the second though, resulting in France claiming a 3-2 victory over Korea DPR. And as she did throughout the tournament, France’s Claire Lavogez put on a bit of show:

Lavogez is good, no doubt; very aware of her space and positioning. But Oshoala is my player to watch for next year; she’s got speed, physicality, and a never-ending burn to score. No surprise to me, both ended up being named in the top three players of the tournament.

Players of the Tournament: Claire Lavogez (FRA), Bronze Ball; Asisat Oshoala (NGA), Golden Ball; Griedge Mbock Bathy (FRA), Silver Ball

Top Scorer: Sara Daebritz (GER), Bronze Boot; Pauline Bremer (GER), Silver Boot; Asisat Oshoala (NGA), Golden Boot.

Golden Glove: Meike Kaemper (GER)

Fair Play Award: Canada

Goal of the Tournament: Sini Laaksonen, Finland vs Korea DPR

Next up is the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Stadium passports go on sale September 10.


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