Germany defeats France in penalty shootout to win U-17 World Cup

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The German U-17 boys' soccer team defeated France in penalty kicks to win the U-17 World Cup.

Germany and France battled to a 2-2 draw after regulation time in the final of the Indonesia U-17 World Cup 2023 at the Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Indonesia at 9:00 p.m. ET today, with the result going to penalty kicks.

Germany's Paris Brunner scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute and Noah Darvit added a second six minutes later to give Germany a 2-0 lead.

However, France responded with a goal from Simon Bouabre in the eighth minute of the second half, just two minutes after conceding their second goal. Germany's Winners Osawe was then sent off in the 24th minute of the match, leaving the Germans short-handed, and France pounced on the opportunity, eventually taking the match to penalty kicks, where Mathieu Amougou scored a dramatic equalizer in the 40th minute.

France's first kick of the game was converted by Germany's first kicker, Da Silva Moreira, but France's goalkeeper, Paul Arnie, made a good save to give France the lead. However, France's No. 3 kicker, Joa Sangui, hit the crossbar and then the No. 3 kicker missed again. 

When France's No. 4 kicker Bastien Mephiu took the kick, German goalkeeper Constantin Heide gestured for him to kick to his right, and when the real Mephiu kicked low to him, Heide flew out to make the save, giving Germany the lead. 

However, Germany's fifth kicker Paris Brunner's kick was perfectly saved by France's Arnaud and the game went to a sixth kicker. 

However, France's sixth kicker Tidyam Gomis' low left-footed shot was saved by Germany's Heide, while Germany's sixth kicker 토토사이트 Almugera Kabar converted, giving Germany a 4-3 penalty shootout victory and the title.

South Korea suffered a shock three-game group stage defeat at the tournament, marking the first time in 33 years since the 1990 World Cup that the country's A, U20, and U17 teams have been eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup.

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