In a thrilling semifinal of the U-17 World Cup, Argentina faced off against Germany. Despite equalizing in the dying moments of the game, they succumbed to defeat in a penalty shootout. Guided by coach Diego Placente, the Argentinian team put up an impressive performance during the first 60 minutes of the match. Starting with a high pressure, Argentina rebounded from an early goal by Brunner to close the first half with a 2-1 lead, thanks to a stunning goal by Agustín Ruberto.
However, in the second half, Brunner scored again for Germany, and Moerstedt added another, putting the Europeans ahead 3-2. Argentina fought back to draw level, with Ruberto becoming the hero by scoring the 3-3 equalizer in stoppage time, pushing the game to penalties. Unfortunately, misses by Mastantuono and Echeverri in the penalty shootout granted Germany a 4-2 victory.
The Quest for Third Place
With this result, Argentina will now vie for the third place in the tournament. The clash against Germany was brimming with emotions and nerves. Argentina stood on the threshold of the U17 World Cup final, only to be eliminated in the semifinals through penalties. The Albiceleste, after eliminating Brazil in a rout to reach the semifinals, played a nerve-racking match against Germany for a spot in the grand finale. They managed to mount a comeback against Die Mannschaft and drew 3-3, only to lose in penalties.
A Heartbreak for Argentina
The dream of winning the U17 World Cup was shattered for Argentina as they were eliminated by Germany in the semifinals. Germany took the lead first with a goal from Paris Brunner, but Agustín Ruberto scored twice just before the break, putting Argentina ahead. The team led by Diego Placente was outdone 4-2 in the penalty shootout, after a 3-3 draw against the Europeans in the semifinal of the tournament being played in Indonesia. Agustín Ruberto, with his hat-trick, scored all the goals for the Albiceleste.