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Germany and Korea will play in the women’s Junior World Cup final after a prevailing in a pair of heart stopping semi finals in Santiago.
Neither match could be resolved in regulation time, with Germany needing penalty strokes and Korea a sudden death extra time goal to secure their entry into the tournament decider.
Germany’s match against Australia couldn’t be decided in regulation or extra time, sending the match to dreaded penalty strokes.
Both teams had chances to win the match outright in the first 70 minutes, with Australia looking the likely winner with a number of legitimate chances during the second half.
However some inspired goalkeeping from Kristina Reynolds kept Germany in the match as Australia failed to make the most of their possession inside opposition territory.
Germany also a good chances in the second half to break the deadlock but for the most part, they were forced to play at Australia’s pace.
When extra time failed to provide the match with a winner, the issue and the tournament hopes of both teams was sent to the shoot-out.
Reynolds was again a mountainous figure in the net for Germany, blocking one attempt and watching as another slid harmlessly wide of the left post to set up team mate Lea Loitsch for the semi final winning stroke.
The second semi final between Netherlands and Korea was a high-tempo, entertaining encounter, with both teams attacking throughout.
Teams traded a pair of penalty corner goals near the end of the first half before a scoreless second 35 minutes sent the match into extra time.
Netherlands were desperately unlucky in the first period of extra time with Maartje Paumen – the tournament’s leading goal scorer - hitting the left post with a penalty corner drag flick to save Korea and prolong the match.
Korea took advantage of their escape during the second period of extra time, with Jin Jun Kim pouncing on a loose ball from their own penalty corner in the 82nd minute to continue their dream of back-to-back Junior World Cup titles.
Sunday’s final will be the second time that Germany and Korea have met in the tournament decider. On that occasion, in 1989 in Ottawa, Canada, Germany prevailed to claim the first women’s Junior World Cup.
The match will be the second meeting in the Korea and Germany have already met in the tournament, with the Asians scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to win 2-1 and keep their semi final hopes alive.
In today’s other classification matches, Argentina and Spain overcame USA and South Africa respectively and will playoff for 5th spot. The losers of these matches will compete for 7th position.
In the classification matches to decide 9-12th place playoff, England and Chile will meet to decide 9th spot. Scotland and India will play for 11th position.
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