Friday, 30 June 2017

Germany Beat Spain 1-0 To Win European Under-21 Championship

It's Germany's first title at this level since 2009.
Germany won their second European Under-21 Championship with victory over four-time champions Spain in Poland.

Mitchell Weiser's superb, looping first-half header was enough to give the Germans a first title since 2009.

Germany's squad wore celebratory t-shirts as they celebrated with the trophy on Friday night

Spain, looking for a third championship in the last four tournaments, went closest to an equaliser when Saul Niguez's effort was saved.

But Germany, who beat England on penalties in the semi-final, easily withstood late Spanish pressure.
Germany Under 21s celebrate after winning the European Under 21 Championship final

Germany's 2009 winning side, who beat England in that final, included current senior regulars Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels, and there will certainly be future stars from this crop of youngsters.

Meanwhile, the Germans senior boys will meet Chile in the Confederations Cup final in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday.
Arnold earns himself a booking following a late challenge in the second half in Krakow

Spain came into the final having claimed four wins in as many games at the tournament and coach Albert Celades went with the same team that started in the 3-1 semi-final victory over Italy. 

Opposing coach Stefan Kuntz lost his leading striker Davie Selke to injury but welcomed back defender Niklas Stark, who had missed the semi-final drama against England when Germany won on penalties.
Freiburg star Janik Haberer shoots on goal during Germany's 1-0 victory in the Euro U21 final 

Spain started in high spirits, but Germany soon regained their composure to outplay their rivals in the first half.

Max Meyer headed against the post early on and Germany deserved the breakthrough when it arrived with the interval approaching, with Jesus Vallejo not getting close enough to Weiser as he met Toljan's cross.
Arrizabalaga comes out to smother Gnabry after the winger went through on goal in Krakow

Spain came out of the changing room more determined to attack in the second half, but the closest they came to equalising was a left-footed curler from Saul Niguez that was saved by Julian Pollersbeck.

At the other end, Meyer put through Serge Gnabry who failed to beat Arrizabalaga with a low shot. 
Spain were favourites for the final but Stefan Kuntz's side deservedly won 1-0 in Krakow

Dani Ceballos then blasted a shot just past the post while Gerard Deulofeu's shot was cleared by the German defence which easily survived the inefficient Spanish pressure of the final minutes.

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