Germany’s Sanders takes top scorer prize
Germany’s UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship title defence ended in the semi-finals but the four-time champions still claimed one prize in Iceland, with centre-forward Stefanie Sanders finishing as leading scorer.
Sanders topped the scoring chart after following up her matchday one double against the Icelandic hosts with a remarkable four goals in Germany’s Group A finale against England, a game Anouschka Bernhard’s team had to win to reach the last four. The 17-year-old SV Werder Bremen attacker’s haul included one of the best individual strikes of the two-week tournament – her third against the English when, cutting in from the right, she flummoxed two defenders and the goalkeeper, leaving all three players grounded as she tapped in.
The Germany No9 lost her individual duel with Switzerland keeper Nadja Furrer in the semi-finals as the holders crashed out, but Spain’s Lucía García was unable to make up the two-goal deficit between herself and Sanders in Saturday’s Reykjavik final. Garcia, 16, gave the Iberians a sixth-minute lead but had to settle for five for the campaign – among them, Spain’s matchday one equaliser versus England and a glorious treble as Pedro López’s side dispatched Germany 4-0 three days later. The No17 from Oviedo Moderno also slotted the clinching penalty in the Spaniards’ semi-final shoot-out against France.
Switzerland forwards Géraldine Reuteler and Amira Arfaoui and Norway frontrunner Ingrid Kvernvolden were the other players to score more than once, the Swiss pair registering three and two goals respectively – including one apiece in the final – and Kvernvolden twice.