Junior | 16/06/2019

3:2 win

FC under-17s crowned German Champions

1. FC Köln’s under-17s were crowned German Champions on Sunday afternoon after an incredible 3:2 win over Borussia Dortmund at Stadion Rote Erde. Jacob Jansen’s early brace gave FC an early two-goal lead before BVB hit back before and after half-time. Meiko Sponsel’s strike settled the final in front of a sold-out stadium, as FC claimed glory in the competition for the third time.

Jansen strikes twice, Adamczyk saves from the spot

FC started the game with purpose, and that was outlined by Florian Wirtz’s audacious 40-yard lob that went just over the crossbar. BVB did respond and managed to find a way through the FC pressing as Ware Pakia broke through on goal. He, however, was only able to hit the crossbar with his powerful drive.

Almost immediately afterwards, Marvin Obuz began to surge forward. As space opened up, he continued to go forward before Dortmund managed to crowd him out. Yet Martin Heck’s men weren’t giving up. The ball managed to squirm through to Jacob Jansen, and he managed to find a way through at the near post to give FC the start they were hoping for.

If an early goal was hope, a second goal was dreamland. That’s just what FC got when Leon Klußmann and Tim Böhmer, as neither were able to deal with a through-ball to the edge of the penalty area. Jacob Jansen, as ever, had willingly chased down an otherwise lost cause and remained composed to slot into an empty goal.

That seemed to bring BVB to life, and Daniel Adamczyk did very well to keep out Youssoufa Moukoko after an instinctive save with his feet. However, he was powerless to prevent the forward from scoring his 50th goal of the season after being slipped through the middle and coolly firing home.

Things could have gone from bad to worse, as BVB were awarded a penalty when Moukoko was felled in the box. Rilind Hetemi stepped up to take the penalty and sent the ball to Daniel Adamczyk’s left, but the FC stopper produced a fantastic save to turn the tide back in their favour before the break.

Sponsel strike secures title

Despite that penalty stop seeing FC through to the break, things would turn once more. Florian Wirtz was denied by a strong stop from Leon Klußmann, and Borussia Dortmund break back up the other end. Ansgar Knauff sped down the right before coming inside and finding the far corner with a curling finish.

What could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back ending up being motivation for FC. After two good attacks beforehand, Joshua Schwirten found space down the right. His cutback was only half cleared by BVB, and Meiko Sponsel was in the right place at the right time to power the ball into the back of the net and spark wild celebrations from the away dugout.

Klußmann then pulled off another stellar stop to prevent Dortmund from falling further behind, as FC attempted to power home their advantage. Then Moukoko came forward once more, and threatened to cause further problem for Heck’s side. That much he did, only for Sponsel to be the hero of the day once more and produce a goal-saving, goal-line clearance.

The remainder of the game was a battle of back and forth. FC couldn’t make their chances pay on the break, as Dortmund cracked the post with a free-kick and the rebound was saved by Adamczyk’s face. However, FC managed to hang on and secure their third championship at this age group on a memorable Sunday afternoon in Dortmund.


Borussia Dortmund (4-3-3): Klußmann – Semic, Thaqi, Böhmer, Kuffour (Meier 61‘) – Lütke-Frie, Amedick, Hetemi (Fehler 51‘) – Knauff, Moukoko, Pakia (El-Zein 76‘).

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Adamczyk – Sponsel (Ksiouar 69‘), Örnek, Dahmen, Lanser (Özden 33‘) – Papalia, Schwirten (Schmid 76‘) – Thielmann, Wirtz, Obuz – Ja. Jansen (Castrop 49‘).

Goals: 0:1, Ja. Jansen 14’. 0:2, Ja. Jansen 25’. 1:2, Moukoko 35’. 2:2, Knauff 43‘. 2:3, Sponsel 47‘.

Referee: Patrick Alt (Illingen).

Bookings: Moukoko 65’.

Attendance: 10,000 (sold-out).

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