REPORT: Germany U21 1-0 Spain U21

Spain were unable to win their third UEFA European Under 21 Championship title in four tournaments after losing 1-0 to Germany in Krakow.

Germany took control of the first half without really creating anything early doors, Serge Gnabry’s two half chances about as close as they came in the opening exchanges. The Spaniards only chance fell to Hector Bellerín who couldn’t guide his header on target.

The biggest cheer of the opening 39 minutes came when Janik Haberer’s shot cleared the roof of the stadium to the delight of the local fans but just a minute later it was the German supporters who had reason to cheer.

Jeremy Toljan managed to work a yard for himself to get the ball into the cross where it was met by the head of Mitchell Weiser who was able to guide a beautiful looping header over a stunned Kepa in the Spain goal.

La Rojita were much better in the second half right from the off and kept Germany housed in their own half but their only real chance fell to Saúl Ñíguez whose shot was pushed around the post by Pollersbeck.

At the other end Germany occasionally threatened on the break with Gnabry denied by Kepa and Saúl blocking Max Meyer’s effort.

Spain continued to press in the latter stages with Gerard Deulofeu having a shot from close range deflected wide but that was as good as it got for the favourites as the game and the tournament was brought to a close by Benoît Bastien’s whistle meaning that Germany would be crowned champions.

There were two individual awards for members of the Spanish team with Real Betis’ Dani Ceballos being named Player of the Tournament and Saúl Ñíguez of Atletico Madrid earning the golden boot but at the end of the day they will be little consolation for the two due to the defeat.

 

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