Germany through as Sanders knocks out England

Four-time champions Germany bounced back from defeat by Spain to overpower England 5-0 in Fylkir and advance into the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship semi-finals at their opponents’ expense.

With John Griffiths’ team second at kick-off and needing a point to progress, Germany made the best possible start with Tanja Pawollek’s second-minute goal before four goals from the irresistible Stefanie Sanders – now on six for the tournament – confirmed the outcome.

If German morale had been dented in Thursday’s 4-0 mauling by Spain, Pawollek’s early breakthrough helped erase the damage, the midfielder turning in Sanders’ cross following a purposeful run from Germany’s strong and swift No9. Anouschka Bernhard’s troops did suffer a setback with Luisa Guttenberger succumbing to a knee injury, although England captain Chloe Kelly also took a heavy knock and failed to reappear after half-time.

Sanders bulldozed her way through, forcing Alexandra Maciver to save at her feet, with Jana Feldkamp lifting the rebound over. Sanders made no mistake next time, pouncing when Jenny Hipp helped Anna Gerhardt’s cross into her direction on 37 minutes. Germany’s position of authority might have been undermined but Danielle Brown drifted a shot centimetres wide as the break beckoned.

Giulia Gwinn almost deepened English woes before Sanders did precisely that within six minutes of the resumption. The forward mopped up from close range after Maciver could not hold onto Pawollek’s cross-shot following Janina Minge’s ball over the top. From then on England were reliant on Maciver, centre-back Megan Finnigan and German profligacy to keep the result respectable. However, Sanders landed two further blows in the last nine minutes to complete her treble. First she left Maciver and two defenders grounded before tapping in, then she sped clear to smash home her fourth and Germany’s fifth.

Germany start day in third but leapfrog England to finish second
Defending champions score early through Tanja Pawollek and never look back
Irrepressible Stefanie Sanders sets up one then helps herself to four
Group A runners-up to play Switzerland in semis on 1 July at Valsvöllur