U-20 Germans focused on team play ahead of World Cup final

Canada goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan falls as Germany forward Pauline Bremer scores a goal during the...

Canada goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan falls as Germany forward Pauline Bremer scores a goal during the first half of FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals play at Commonwealth Stadium on August 16, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

Germany's under-20 women's team will attempt to mimic the European powerhouse's men's team Sunday night in Montreal.

Appearing in its third FIFA U20 Women's World Cup final in four years, the Germans are expecting a physical battle between themselves and Nigeria, the side it topped in the 2010 final.

"We know that they're athletic and have unbelievably quick players," German head coach Maren Meinert told FIFA.com. "It'll come down to us staying true to our style, focusing on working as a team and not too much on moments of individualism."

For Germany's African opposition, it's the reverse. The Super Falconettes sport a number of dangerous players who helped Nigeria punish North Korea in last week's semifinal.

Asisat Oshoala, who leads this World Cup with seven goals scored, laid waste to the Koreans for four goals, showing next-level pace and athleticism.

The Nigerians are an emerging power in the women's game having qualified for three consecutive World Cup semifinals en route to Sunday's game at Olympic Stadium.

"It's going to be a different story this time," Nigeria's Uchechi Sunday told FIFA.com.

Then 15, Sunday was a part of the 2010 team that lost to Germany in the final.

"In 2010 they were playing at home, with all their fans behind them, but that won't be the case here. This final against Germany is also coming at a good time for me, because I've got a lot more experience now."

The Germans, though, are the Germans -- expected to win having already knocked off France, Brazil and the United States along the way to reaching Sunday's game.

The former champs also topped Canada in a quarterfinal tilt in front of more than 22,000 fans in Edmonton earlier this month.

They're battle-tested -- and they know it.

"I'm extremely satisfied," Meinert told FIFA.com. "I think we're having a great tournament, especially when you look at our path through the competition.

"In the USA, China, Brazil, hosts Canada and France, who might be the best team in the world at the moment, we've played some great teams. Nigeria are another."

The match -- preceded by a third-place game between North Korea and France -- also is the final chance for many of these youth players to be seen by their country's full national teams, which are both expected to qualify for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.


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