UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship holders Germany are through to the second qualifying round but only after their perfect record since this competition began was ended by Iceland.
In both previous campaigns Germany won six qualifiers and both finals games to lift the trophy, in June defeating Spain 7-0 in the decider. This time, though, first qualifying round Group 7 hosts Iceland held them 0-0 in the opener but they recovered to beat Israel 10-0 and then, needing a win to avoid a possible exit, edged past France 1-0.
Three players remained from Germany's 2008/09 squad; defender Luisa Wensing, midfielder Jana Blessing and striker Kyra Malinowski, scorer of five goals in the decider and 12 in the campaign. But they all drew a blank against Iceland while France, the only other nation to qualify for both previous four-team final tournaments, saw off Israel 8-0 with four Charlotte Fernandes goals.
Two days later France defeated Iceland 2-1 but only after Cloé Faillant's injury-time winner, her earlier goal cancelled out by Gudmunda Brynja Óladóttir. Germany found their form against Israel, with a hat-trick not only from Malinowski but also Silvana Chojnowski and substitute Lena Petermann, all her goals within 15 minutes of her introduction. The win took Germany over the 100-goal mark in the tournament, in only their 18th fixture, with just three conceded.
With only the group winners automatically progressing, Germany knew they needed to beat France, as their draw against Iceland could well have stopped them being one of the six runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their pool who also go into the second qualifying round. Two minutes into the second half Chojnowski gave Germany a lead they never gave up and France now face a wait while the other nine groups are played over the next two months. Iceland defeated Israel 7-0 for third place.
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