Victorious Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been crowned the 2014 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, her haul of six goals four more than any other player managed in Norway.
Hampered by a groin problem, the new FC Bayern München signing sat out the 0-0 draw with the hosts on the opening before announcing herself on this stage with a dominant display against Scotland. She scored twice and forced an own goal in the first 24 minutes before being withdrawn at half-time as a precaution. Belgium kept the 18-year-old quiet but Miedema returned to centre stage with a semi-final hat-trick against the Republic of Ireland.
"They brought me here to score goals and when I don't score I hear about it. I think they’re happy with me now," she said after that performance. Coach Andre Koolhof described her as a "phenomenon" and that view was underlined in the final when she coolly chipped over the goalkeeper to earn the Netherlands their maiden title. Like the rest of her goals, she celebrated with a simple smile and raised arm.
Already a senior Dutch international (she has scored 11 goals in ten appearances for the A national team), Miedema was only drafted into the U19 setup for the final tournament. She is not therefore among the overall top scorers, qualifying included, which was headed by Sweden striker Stina Blackstenius, who added two strikes in Norway to the ten she accumulated in qualifying.
Final tournament top scorers
6 Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands)
2 Stina Blackstenius (Sweden)
2 Nahikari García (Spain)
2 Marie Markussen (Norway)
2 Savannah McCarthy (Republic of Ireland)
2 Synne Hansen (Norway)
Overall top scorers (qualifying and finals)
12 Stina Blackstenius (Sweden)
10 Caroline Weir (Scotland)
9 Zoe Ness (Scotland)
8 Vanessa Malho (Portugal)
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