The Tango team clashed with Germany in the semifinal showdown held at Manahan Stadium in Solo on Tuesday (November 28, 2023) afternoon. They found themselves trailing early as Paris Brunner netted a goal in the ninth minute.
Argentina’s top scorer, Agustin Ruberto, turned the tables with two goals, giving Argentina a 2-1 lead at the end of the first half. Brunner struck again early in the second half, leveling the score at 2-2, before Max Moerstedt regained the lead for Germany at 3-2.
The game ultimately went into a penalty shootout after Ruberto’s third goal ensured a 3-3 draw after 90 minutes plus injury time. In the penalty shootout, two out of Argentina’s first four kickers failed, including their captain Claudio Echeverri.
Germany, deploying five shooters, successfully scored four goals, securing a 4-2 victory and advancing to the final. Germany now awaits the winner of the France vs. Mali match later tonight.
Meanwhile, Argentina once again found themselves dejected, unable to break the semifinal curse in the U-17 World Cup. This marks their sixth defeat in the semifinals out of 15 participations in the U-17 World Cup.
The previous five defeats occurred in 1991, 1995, 2001, 2003, and now in 2023. Argentina managed to finish third three times and fourth twice in those instances.
This starkly contrasts with Argentina’s achievements in the senior World Cup and the U-20 World Cup. In the senior World Cup, Argentina has clinched the title three times, with the most recent triumph in 2022.
At the U-20 level, Albiceleste has been crowned champions six times out of 17 appearances, the highest among all teams. Tough luck this time, Argentina…