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Germany won the UEFA Women's Under-17 Championships for the fourth time when they beat Spain on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the Final at Chesterfield.
The sides had met during the group stages with Spain winning 4-0 on that occasion and they got off to a great start when Patricia Guijarro gave them a ninth minute lead with a strike from just outside the area.
Spain continued to dominate matters during the first half but the all-important second goal would not come. They came closest just before half time when a corner taken by Andrea Sanchez was flicked on by Nahikari Garcia and Mireya Garcia Boa volleyed wide at the far post.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with Spain still calling the shots and Germany having to stand firm under pressure. Garcia went close when she put the rebound wide after Vivien Brandt had failed to hold on to a Sanchez shot as the goal continued to elude the Spaniards.
The Germans can never be written off though and with four minutes remaining, they levelled the scores with only their second shot of the half. Nina Ehegotz curled in a low cross and although Jasmin Sehan missed her shot at the near post, Isabella Hartig was on hand to slot the ball home from close range.
Spain could still have won it in injury time but Brandt came to her side's rescue with a fine save from a Sanchez free kick, taking the game into a penalty shootout.
Brandt was to continue her heroics in the shootout with saves from Garcia Boa and Garcia, despite appearing to have moved at least two yards off her line on each occasion. Elena De Toro saved from Saskia Meier but Sehan and Laura Widak scored, with Guijarro replying, before Pilar Garrote fired over the bar, leaving Hartig to find the net and secure victory for her side.
Germany: Vivien Brandt, Michaela Brandenburg, Lisa Karl, Leonie Stenzel (sub Isabella Hartig 57mins), Kim Fellhauer, Michaela Specht, Nina Ehegotz, Saskia Meier, Laura Widak, Jasmin Sehan, Ricarda Walkling (sub Saskia Matheis 39mins). Subs not used: Lena Pauels, Jana Lober, Burcu Ozkanca, Melanie Ott, Samantha Dick.
Spain: Elena De Toro, Nuria Garrote, Beatriz Beltran, Silvia Merida, Aitana Bonmati, Pilar Garrote, Nahikari Garcia, Mireya Garcia Boa, Patricia Guijarro, Andrea Sanchez, Queralt Gomez. Subs not used: Cristina Portomene, Rocio Galvez, Carmen Menayo, Laura Ortega, Cintia Montagut, Maite Oroz, Laura Dominguez.
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