France and Germany have secured passage to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 after comfortably seeing off Switzerland and Denmark respectively in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship. They round out Europe's two slots in the competition, in addition to the one earmarked for the host nation.
The French came from behind to defeat Switzerland. Swiss playmaker Carmen Pulver opened the scoring (13’), but the French captain Sandie Toletti (14’) leveled shortly after. Les Bleues took the lead through Laura Blanchard, and then Pauline Cousin put them firmly in the driving seat before half-time (40’). Kadidiatou Diani added a fourth before Ghoutia Karchouni wrapped up the victory from the penalty spot
France has participated once previously, at New Zealand 2008, suffering a first-round elimination.
The Germans beat Denmark 2-0 in their last-four game. Substitute Pauline Bremer scored after 71 minutes and gave an assist to Sara Däbritz for the other goal in the dying minutes.
“It was the type of match that we expected. We knew that playing against Denmark in this semi-final would be a very tough and very close game – small things can make the difference. And we also knew that we wouldn't get a lot of chances and we would have to be very focused when we got one,” said Germany coach Anouschka Bernhard to UEFA.com after the match.
The Final is set for 29 June.