Saturday 1 July 2017

Germany Crowned U21 European Champions

A first half effort from Mitchell Weiser saw Germany U21s beat Spain U21s in Friday's night's European Championship final in Krakow. The Hertha Berlin winger headed in Jeremy Toljan's right-wing centre after 40 minutes as Germany upset the odds to get the better of the more-fancied Spanish.
However, despite much probing and prodding from Albert Celades's team after half-time, Germany's back four held firm to win the tournament for just the second time in their history. It was Germany who started the stronger of the two, with Stefan Kuntz's side twice going close to taking an early lead.

The Spanish were not without their own moments of threat, though, and it was Hector Bellerin of all players who almost broke the deadlock after 13 minutes after good work down the right wing from Daniel Ceballos. The Arsenal right back's glancing header just sailed the wrong side of the far post, and with five minutes to go until half-time, their opponents made the breakthrough.

Right-back Toljan, who has been outstanding throughout the tournament, made another of his characteristic raids down the wing, before digging out a near-post cross for Weiser. The 23-year-old still had work to do to, only for his inch-perfect looping header to sail over a motionless Arrizabalaga and drop into the far corner of the net as Germany deservedly lead at the break.

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