Germans top Nigeria in extra time to win World Cup

Loveth Ayila of Nigeria jumps to move the ball past Lina Magull and Felicitas Rauch of Germany...

Loveth Ayila of Nigeria jumps to move the ball past Lina Magull and Felicitas Rauch of Germany during the FIFA Women's U-20 Final at Olympic Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Germans are world champions for the second time in as many months.

After Germany’s men topped Argentina last month, the European powerhouse’s women topped Nigeria 1-0 in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup final at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Sunday night’s final remained goalless for 98 minutes until Lena Petermann provided the winner in the first-half of extra time.

The Germans then shut down Nigeria for the remaining 22 minutes to win the tournament for the second time in four years.

The win, in front of 15,822 in Montreal, also avenged a loss in the 2012 final to the Americans.

The Nigerians had more attempts at goal in a match they also committed twice as many fouls in.

But the Germans, as they’ve proven at every level, remain the top soccer power in the world at the moment ahead of next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Despite not scoring in the final, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala claimed the Golden Boot award at the tournament having scored seven times in the competition.

Canada can take solace in knowing it was bounced in the quarterfinals by the eventual champions.

The Canadians fell 2-0 to Germany earlier this month in front of 22,421 fans in Edmonton after narrowly advancing alongside North Korea, which lost to France in Sunday’s third-place game prior to the final.

Along with FIFA, the Canadian Soccer Association used this World Cup as a test event for next year’s 24-team women’s World Cup, which will be played in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

Canada, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland and England have already qualified for that tournament, which is receiving mass amounts of scrutiny due to FIFA allowing the tournament to be played on artificial surfaces across Canada.


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