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by s. ramaguru
Germany (in white) prove too strong for France in the final of the Junior World Cup, winning 5-2 to capture their sixth title in New Delhi on Sunday. - events.fih.ch
NEW DELHI: A hattrick from Niklas Wellen was enough to take defending champions Germany to their sixth Junior World Cup title when they defeated France 5-2 in an exciting final at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Sunday.
The French who are playing in their first major final made a fight of it but the staying power and sharper finishing of the Germans put paid to their hopes of a major upset.
Wellen’s great performance in the early part of the match was the difference in the match and he had good support from his team-mates.
This is the sixth final for the Germans and they are yet to lose in a final match. Their other victories were in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2009.
For the French, it was their first ever final in the series.
The Germans took the lead in the second minute with a field goal by Wellen from a quick counter attack on the right.
In the 16th minute the French were back on level terms. Peter van Stratten collected the ball on the left and after beating two German defenders, relayed it to Gaspard Baumgarten in the D who rasped a shot past goalkeeper Viktor Aly.
Baumgarten then gave his team the unlikely lead in the 40th minute.
But the Germans were not to be intimidated and soon were back on top.
It was Wellen who scored the two goals in the 44th and 46th minutes to put the champions back in the lead.
And the match was sealed in the 60th minute with Jonas Gomoll scoring his first goal of the tournament to give them a 4-2 lead.
Christopher Ruhr then slotted home the fifth goal in the 68th minute to take his tally to nine in the tournament, which sealed the top-scorer award for the forward player.
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