England downed by Germany at Junior World Cup

Englands U21 player dejected after defeat

Germany 1 (1)
Teresa  Martin Pelegrina 33 (FG)

England 0 (0)

England’s U21 Women will play off for 7th-8th place at the Junior World Cup after losing out in their classification match to Germany in Santiago, Chile. Teresa  Martin Pelegrina’s first half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, her strike two minutes before the break was the only goal of the game and ensured Craig Keegan’s side will face USA on Sunday to determine who finishes 7th.

The first ten minutes of the match was an even affair with the sides grappling for control of the match. Alice Wills acquitted herself well in the early going, defending stoutly and showing good awareness and distribution.

Germany began to step up the pressure and in the 12th minute they won their first penalty corner. Kira Horn took the shot but Miriam Pritchard in the England goal made a flying save away to her right. Marc Haller’s team forced a series of penalty corners as they searched for the first goal but a combination of the woodwork and some outstanding set piece defence by England kept ht e Germans frustrated.

Emma Hessler thought she had scored when the ball found its way to her in the circle after Pritchard had made the initial save. With the goal gaping, Wills appeared from nowhere to block on the line and clear the danger. It looked like that would keep it level at the interval but with two minutes until the break Germany broke the deadlock thanks to Teresa  Martin Pelegrina.

England battled back in the second half Erica Sanders showed good determination to manufacture some space in the circle but her shot was well dealt with by Rosa Kruger.    

The game became a bit scrappy with both sides turning possession over and both sides squandering chances in front of goal. Maxi Marquardt almost added a second for Germany with a superb deflection but Pritchard was alert and made an exquisite save from close range. Ellie Rayer’s pace down the flanks gave Germany plenty to think about and it was her run down the left that almost unlocked the door for Keegan’s team, but her cross just evaded the outstretched stick of Holly Hunt.

Despite throwing everything forwards England could find no way through and were beaten.

Their next match is on Sunday at 1445 UK time. All the tournament details are here.