Sunday, June 21, 2009


The German domination of the Junior World Cup continued as they swept their fifth title since the inception of the tournament in 1979.

Despite being a goal down, the German well-oiled machinery were too slick for the Dutch, as they ran out 3-1 winners.

Holland tried to play like Germany, opting to let their opponents come at them, and paid the price for it as Germany took their chances well.

But the turning point of the match had to be the moment of indecisiveness by Dutch keeper Pirmin Blaak in the 57th minute when the score was still tied at 1-1.

Blaak miscued his attempted clearance and the ball hit his defenders leg and bounced into the direction of Florian Fuchs who had the simplest task of slotting into an unguarded goalmouth.

After that goal, the Dutch players wilted under pressure and conceded the third goal rather tamely.

Holland went ahead in the 22nd minute through Mink van der Weerden. But Germany equalized two minutes later through Marco Miltkau.

Then came the blunder by Blaak and Jan Fleckhaus rounded up a perfect night for the Germans by scoring the third in the 61st minute.

Man of the Match: Florian Fuchs (Germany)
Top Scorer: Mink van der Weerden (Holland)
Best Goalkeeper Niklas Sakowsky (Germany)
Best Player of Tournament Simon Childs (New Zealand)
Fairplay Germany