UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Final
France vs Germany
Sunday, 28 July 2019, 4pm kick-off
St. Mirren Park
France will play Germany on Sunday in the final of this summer’s UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.
The two sides have both enjoyed impressive campaigns, topping their group and beating strong opposition in their semi-final matches.
Six-time champions Germany beat the Netherlands to book their place in the final. Melissa Kossler opened the scoring before Jill Baijings equalised for the Dutch on the hour mark. Late goals from Muller and
Martinez gave the Germans a 3-1 victory.
France also overcame a strong opponent to make the final, knocking out Spain. Spain have won the previous two Women’s Under-19’s Championships but fell apart in extra time in their clash with France, meaning this will be the first final since 2013 Spain won’t feature in.
All four goals in France’s 3-1 victory came in extra-time, Melvine Malard opened the scoring with a glancing header before Vicki Becho scored a quick double to secure the win. Spain’s Athenea del Castillo also scored a late consolation goal.
This is the third time Germany and France have met in the Women’s Under-19 Championship final, Germany have the edge in the head to head having won two of those encounters. France have won the Women’s Under-19 Championship most recently of the two sides, they won their fourth title in 2016.
Route to the final
Both France and Germany topped their groups and have looked the strongest sides right throughout the tournament.
Germany won group B and only dropped points against Spain in a 0-0 draw. That result followed victories over both England and Belgium who they beat 2-1 and 5-0 respectively. The Germans have only conceded two goals throughout their route to the final, their defence will need to perform well again if they’re to keep out top scorers France on Sunday.
France opened their Women’s Under-19 campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over hosts Scotland. They would go onto beat the Netherlands in their next match before playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Norway to finish top of Group A. They’ve scored 11 goals so far, more than any other side.
Players to watch
France winger Sandy Baltimore has been a key figure in her sides route to the final. The 19-year-old provides a constant threat on France’s left side, scoring their opening goal on matchday one against Scotland with a long-range effort.
Melavine Malard has been a player to watch throughout the entire tournament for good reason. The Olympique Lyon forward scored the all-important opener in France’s semi-final win after coming off the bench. Malard is the top scorer at this summer’s Women’s Under-19 Championship with four goals in four matches.
German captain Sophia Kleinherne has been at the heart of Germany’s defence which boasts the best defensive record in the tournament, only conceding two goals so far. Her performance in the final against the French forward line will be a key factor in Germany’s attempt to win their seventh Women’s Under-19 Championship final.
Melissa Kossler has three goals so far this summer from midfield and will be confident she can add to that total in the final. The attacking midfielder has the ability to score from anywhere, shown by her long-range goal against Belgium on matchday two.
If you’d like to come along to the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Final, tickets can be purchased HERE. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.
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Written by Joshua Barrie