Germany crowned world champs
It is said that good things come to those who wait, and the patience of Montreal’s fans was certainly rewarded handsomely as Canada 2014 reached a dramatic conclusion.
In the final, it took 98 minutes to find a winner, but when Lena Petermann popped up with a truly golden goal, Germany were able to celebrate a record-equalling third Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup crown.
It is unlikely that either of the previous two were quite so hard-earned, with the Germans – having survived the competition’s ‘group of death’ – having since gone on to record battling wins against the hosts, France and Nigeria.
The Super Falconets were the latest opponents left not only to curse their luck and wayward finishing, but the unquenchable spirit of a nation that continues to make a pleasant habit of winning regardless of the circumstances.
If there is consolation to be found in defeat for the Africans, it is that they contributed superbly to the final and the tournament as a whole, and in AsisatOshoala – winner of the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Shoe – have unearthed a rare gem.
France, meanwhile, rounded off a thoroughly creditable campaign with a 3-2 win over Korea DPR, securing third place amid a rush of second-half goals. There too, fans needed to sit through a goalless first half before the excitement belatedly arrived. But there was ultimately plenty both for them to enjoy and for Fifa.com to chew over in our final Canada 2014 round-up.