Paris Brunner stars as Germany beat Argentina to reach U-17 World Cup Final

Paris Brunner. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Paris Brunner. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Germany U-17s are through to the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after an excellent display from Paris Brunner helped them beat Argentina in a dramatic semifinal.

Paris Brunner continued his sublime run of form by netting a brace for the Germany U-17s in their FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal against Argentina on Tuesday. The highly rated Borussia Dortmund forward then also scored the match-winning penalty as Christian Wück’s side secured their place in the final.

Agustín Fabian Ruberto had earlier scored a last-gasp equaliser for Argentina to make it 3-3. But Germany kept their composure and won 4-2 on penalties, with goalkeeper Konstantin Heide producing two vital saves in the shootout.

Fresh off his winner against Spain in the quarterfinals, Brunner got Germany off to a flying start against Argentina by scoring in the 9th minute. The 17 year old dribbled his way past an Argentina defender before finishing past the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Argentina responded brilliantly to going behind and turned the game on its head in the first-half with a brace from Ruberto. But Brunner equalised in the 58th minute after taking advantage of a mistake from the Argentina goalkeeper before finding the bottom corner with a fantastic finish from the edge of the box.

Max Moerstedt then restored Germany’s lead after Argentina failed to deal with a cross into the box. But just when it looked like Germany would be progressing to the final, Ruberto scored again for Argentina to take the game to a penalty shootout.

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Paris Brunner was the hero again in the penalty shootout as he scored the match-winning spot-kick for the Germany U-17s. A clash against France now awaits Germany in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and it will take place on Saturday, December 2.