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Toletti 95' Diallo 114'
Two goals in extra-time ended England’s hopes of winning the UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship, with France claiming their second title at this level in four years.
Both sides saw efforts cleared off the line in normal time as the game ended goalless after 90 minutes.
France were the better side in the first half but England, winners in 2009, dominated after the break, though neither side could find a breakthrough.
The Final was ultimately settled by a header in each half of extra-time, as Sandie Toletti nodded home in the 95th minute, via a deflection, and then Aminata Diallo took advantage of another deflection to direct the ball past England’s Lizzie Durack and seal a French victory.
Gilles Eyquem’s side contained many players from last year’s U17 World Cup-winning squad, and a few of Mo Marley’s team are young enough to represent their country in this competition again next year. Their run to the semi-final has also guaranteed them a place at next year's U20 World Cup in Canada.
The French called Durack, their nemesis in the group stage, into action early on but Toletti’s shot was tame and the goalkeeper gathered with ease. Kadidiatou Diani then shot harmlessly wide from 20 yards as Les Bleus began brightly.
Durack was again on-hand when Mannion misread Aurélie Gagnet’s through ball, allowing Toletti a clean run at goal. The forward advanced into the box but Durack did brilliantly to parry the shot and Martha Harris completed the clearance.
Harris was soon involved at the other end of the pitch, setting Beth Mead away down the right. The Sunderland striker cut inside left-back Marine Dafeur and saw her low drive saved by Durand’s legs. The rebound might have struck Charlotte Saint Sans Levacher on the arm but the referee, Monika Mularczyk, waved away the appeals.
France were enjoying more of the play but without causing too many problems for the England backline. The dangerous Toletti tried an angled drive near the break which flashed narrowly wide of the far post and she then saw an effort cleared off the line by Mel Lawley.
Marley’s side tried to attack with pace on the counter and they, too, were unable to break down their opponents.
England were the better side after the break and their more positive approach earned a 48th-minute free-kick down the left channel which Katie Zelem swung in to the box, only for Nikita Parris’s header to be deflected behind.
However, the second 45 developed into a half of few goal chances, forcing Parris to try her luck from distance on 75 minutes and the ball just dipped beyond the angle.
The Young Lions came closer with just over ten minutes remaining when Mead chased down the goalkeeper in search of a back pass, charged down the clearance and bent the ball goalwards. But Dafeur got back in time to clear off the line.
France only had one clear sight at goal in the second period when Aissatou Tounkara’s 85th-minute header was gathered comfortably by Durack.
The game petered to a close and extra-time had long looked likely, with neither side able to find a breakthrough in two whole matches against each other.
However, France did open the scoring just five minutes into the extra 30, though there was a huge slice of fortune about the goal. Toletti headed a corner into the ground, the ball deflected off Mannion and looped over the helpless Durack.
The goal lifted the French and Durack had to be at her best yet again to keep England in the game just three minutes later, as substitute Léa Declercq latched on to Diani’s flick on but couldn’t find a way past the Everton ‘keeper from close range.
With England seeking an equaliser, the game became increasingly stretched and France found a decisive second goal just six minutes from the end, as Diallo headed home from close range after Declerq’s shot deflected kindly to her in the box.
Marley’s girls were unable to find a way back and they left Wales with a silver medal instead of the gold they craved, but they can take a great deal of heart from the run to the Final, and the fact that many of them are young enough to make another go of this competition in 12 months' time.