Germany have become the first team to join hosts Canada in qualifying for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The Germans secured their place by advancing from their UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship section with a game to spare after two impressive wins at the Wales-hosted tournament.
Nordic rivals Norway and Sweden, the reigning European champions, were dispatched 5-0 and 2-0 respectively, and these wins witnessed an emerging new star make her mark. Pauline Bremer, still just 17, claimed a hat-trick in that opening win over the Norwegians and following up that feat with both her side’s goals in yesterday’s defeat of the Swedes.
Congratulations quickly arrived from the Canada 2014 organisers, with Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer for the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, rolling out the welcome mat for Maren Meinert’s side.
He said: “We would like to congratulate Germany as the first team to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. We look forward to welcoming Germany in 2014, who are not only previous hosts of this competition, but also two-time title holders in both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup.”
Germany will discover on Sunday which of their European rivals are to join them in Canada, with plenty still to play for in the final group matches. Finland are well placed in Group, three points clear of Sweden and four ahead of the already-eliminated Norwegians, but their third game pits them against the seemingly impenetrable Germans.
Hosts Wales, meanwhile, are out of contention in Group A, but everything remains up for grabs among the leading trio, with England and France on four points and Denmark one behind on three.