England beat Germany in ERGO Junior World Cup

england v germany junior world cup u21 story

England Under-21s marched into the quarter-finals of the women’s ERGO Junior World Cup with a well-earned 2-1 victory over host nation Germany in Monchengladbach this afternoon.

Behind to a 23rd-minute goal from a penalty corner, England pulled back to level terms by half-time before Stephanie Addison scored the winning goal after 56 minutes to secure a last-eight clash against Australia on Thursday.

“It’s a fantastic result,” said England’s head coach Craig Keegan, “but at the same time it was a very tough game – we have a huge amount of respect for Germany as this is the seventh time we’ve played against them this summer.

“The result today came down to discipline and our desire to remain task-orientated regardless of the surroundings.

“We are very proud of the girls and looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

Germany failed to score from two penalty corners before Krauss made it third time lucky, smashing the ball into the bottom right corner.

England’s equaliser on the half hour was an own goal, Sophia Willig deflecting a hit into the D from Emily Defroand into her own net.

A draw would have been enough to put Germany through, but England needed to win and they continued to push forward after the break.

They failed to convert a penalty corner after 48 minutes, but Germany’s defence was reduced by two players who were sent to mid-line for breaking early, and after forcing a good save from German keeper Lisa Schneider, England made the decisive breakthrough with a deflected strike from Addison to settle a very tight game.

Germany substituted their goalkeeper in the closing three minutes for an extra field player as they looked for a way back, but England remained in control and kept their nerve to hold out for an outstanding win.