Danilova retains goal crown

Russia striker Elena Danilova held off the challenge of France's Marie Laure Delie to finish top scorer for the second year in succession.

Russia striker Elena Danilova held off the challenge of France's Marie Laure Delie to finish UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship top scorer for the second year in succession.

Lead remains
Although the deposed holders were defeated 4-0 in the semi-finals by Germany on Wednesday, meaning the FC Spartak Moskva forward fell two short of her record total of nine from 2005, she still held a two-goal lead over her French counterpart. And after Delie failed to register in today's final loss against Germany, Danilova remained ahead, her total boosted by the single-match record four she struck against the Netherlands on Matchday 3.

'Nothing will stop her'
Danilova's season tally including qualifying of 17 is also unprecedented in this competition, and in her 22 appearances over the last three seasons she has scored 33 times. Russia coach Valentin Grishin said: "At the present moment Danilova is in the A national team for Russia and I think nothing will stop her - she will play better and better, she is very talented." The leading team goalscorers were Germany with 14, scored by nine different players, while in total the 15 matches in Switzerland produced 39 goals.

2006 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship
top scorers - final ranking
Player Country Goals
Elena Danilova Russia 7
Marie Laure Delie France 5
Isabel Kerschowski Germany 3
Ann-Christin Angel Germany 2
Monique Kerschowski Germany 2
Nadine Kessler Germany 2
Emma Madsen Denmark 2

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