Germany beat Nigeria in the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 to win the title for a record-equalling third time.
The final took place in front of 15,822 fans at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal.
It was a hard fought title with opportunities created on both sides although none were able to convert. Nigeria looked to edge Germany with the chances they created but unusually for tournament top goalscorer Asisat Oshoala was unable to find the net.
Bremer was dangerous on the attack for Germany but failed to hit the target with her header when she was left unmarked on a Sara Dabritz free-kick.
It was Nigeria who did put the ball in the back of the net but celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee who called it offside. A debatable decision when watching the replay as to whether the ball was already just over the goal-line before the player put a final touch on the ball… Although, this would have been difficult for the official to see in real time.
It would be in extra-time that the deadlock would be broken, Lena Petermann scored from six yards after Pauline Bremer cut back a perfect pass. Germany held on to the final whistle and the celebrations started!
Heartache for Nigeria who had a fantastic tournament campaign but just fell at the final hurdle.
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