Germany will play Netherlands in the final of the UEFA Under 17 European Championship after both sides won their respective semi-final fixtures.
Germany beat Poland by a single goal whilst Netherlands defeated Georgia by two goals to nil on Sunday evening.
Leon Goretzka’s looping header was enough to send the German’s through and maintain their unbeaten record in the tournament so far. It proved to be an easy game for Germany after that 34th minute opener and they looked to be sitting comfortable throughout the match, more than adequately dealing with any threat from the Georgians.
Vincent Rabiega had Poland’s only meaningful effort in a game where the Poles did not record a single shot on target.
Max Meyer produced another impressive performance and Marc Stendera, who provided the assist for Goretzka’s goal worked with Meyer brilliantly to support the lone striker in Said Benkarit.
Mariusz Stepinski, the boy who has been an inspiration for Poland throughout the tournament so far, proved ineffective in this match. His own performance was acceptable but the lack of support from the midfielders really showed later on in the game as Poland desperately tried to create opportunities but couldn’t carve any serious attempts.
The goal came when Goretzka pounced at the front post from Stendera’s corner. He leaped above everyone to get to the ball first and glanced it into the net. The German’s didn’t create too much from then on but always looked like securing the victory.
They will face an equally impressive Netherlands side in the final after they left it late against the 10-men of Georgia.
Jorrit Hendrix and Thom Haye grabbed the goals that would send them through after Nika Tchanturia was sent off early in the second half.
Netherlands had a shaky start as Georgia put together some smart moves and really tested Albert Stuivenberg’s side. But it was all over when Tchanturia was sent off for two bookings in quick succession.
The loss of their captain really demoralized the Georgians and that was confirmed when Nathan Ake’s cross to the back post found Hendrix in space to head in the opener.
The winner came when Haye was played in by Tonny Trinidade de Vilhena to set up a repeat of last year’s final, of which the Netherlands came out on top.
The Youth Radar will have full coverage of the final on Wednesday.