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U-21 Euro • Final
  • 2nd Half
  • Germany U-21
  • Spain U-21
  • Vallejo
    89'
  • PhilippÖztunali
    87'
  • LlorenteMayoral
    83'
  • HabererKohr
    83'
  • GnabryAmiri
    81'
  • Meyer
    78'
  • RamírezWilliams
    71'
  • Llorente
    54'
  • Stark
    52'
  • CastroGayá
    51'
  • Haberer
    50'
  • Arnold
    47'
  • 1st Half
  • Germany U-21
  • Spain U-21
  • Ñíguez
    43'
  • Weiser
    40'
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Germany U-21 - Spain U-21
U-21 Euro - 1 July 2017

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  • End of 2nd Half
90+4' 

FT: Germany 1-0 Spain. Germany Under-21s are the European champions! Weiser's first-half goal gives them a deserved win over much-fancied Spain who fail to secure a record-equalling fifth crown. It's is Germany's second title and their first since 2009. Take a bow Stefan Kuntz.

90+3' 

Every player apart from Kepa in Germany's half... just seconds left now.

90+2' 

Spain lift it into the box and Pollersbeck comes to claim. Just what Germany wanted. More precious seconds wasted/lost... depending on how you look at it....

90+1' 

Four minutes added.

  • Jesús Vallejo
    Yellow cardJesús VallejoSpain U-21Vallejo booked for a foul on potential match-winner Weiser. Germany almost there.
90' 

Vallejo booked for a foul on potential match-winner Weiser. Germany almost there.

89' 

Germany closing in only their second Under-21 title. Their first was back in 2009....

  • Levin Öztunali
    OffMaximilian PhilippGermany U-21GERMANY CHANGE: Philipp off, Oztunali on.
  • Levin Öztunali
    OnLevin ÖztunaliGermany U-21
88' 

GERMANY CHANGE: Philipp off, Oztunali on.

87' 

Germany attempt to waste time with short corners, but it all goes wrong and Spain can build again.

86' 

Plenty of frustration etched on Spanish faces. They need calm and belief right now. One chance could yet change this...

85' 

Time ticking away for Spain. Is that record-equalling fifth title going to elude them tonight?

  • Borja Mayoral
    OffMarcos LlorenteSpain U-21SPAIN CHANGE: Mayoral on for Llorente.
  • Borja Mayoral
    OnBorja MayoralSpain U-21
84' 

SPAIN CHANGE: Mayoral on for Llorente.

  • Dominik Kohr
    OffJanik HabererGermany U-21GERMANY CHANGE: Kohr on, Haberer off.
  • Dominik Kohr
    OnDominik KohrGermany U-21
83' 

GERMANY CHANGE: Kohr on, Haberer off.

82' 

Germany move the ball clear but it's just coming back at them now. Their threat on the break has gone.

  • Nadiem Amiri
    OffSerge GnabryGermany U-21GERMANY CHANGE: Gnabry off, Amiri on.
  • Nadiem Amiri
    OnNadiem AmiriGermany U-21
81' 

GERMANY CHANGE: Gnabry off, Amiri on.

80' 

Asensio steps up and curves a 25-yard free kick right of central into the wall. Germany's supporters breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Max Meyer
    Yellow cardMax MeyerGermany U-21Meyer booked. Germany feeling the heat.
79' 

Meyer booked. Germany feeling the heat.

78' 

Spain piling on the pressure now. Germany tiring but still fighting as Gerhardt gets an important tackle in on Asensio.

77' 

Deulofeu jinks in from the left and sees a low shot towards the near post deflect wide.

76' 

Bellerin sprints all of 50 yards. He feeds it into Inaki and continues his run, but the forward's back heel doesn't make it through.

74' 

That effort showing just how precarious a 1-0 lead can be. Spain still have the talent to turn this game in the blink of an eye, despite being below their usual level.

73' 

Ceballos strides forward, holding off challenges before hammering a superb 25-yard strike a whisker wide of Pollersbeck's right-hand post.

  • Iñaki Williams
    OffSandro RamírezSpain U-21SPAIN CHANGE: Sandro off, Williams on.
  • Iñaki Williams
    OnIñaki WilliamsSpain U-21
72' 

SPAIN CHANGE: Sandro off, Williams on.

71' 

A lovely Germany break sees Gerhardt play it in-behind for Gnabry who rifles a tired shot well wide on the turn from the left side of the box.

69' 

Spain being caught between pressing and trying to halt Germany's counter attacks. Surely time for La Rojita to look to the bench?

68' 

Spain knocking it about but it's not in areas that will hurt Germany.

66' 
65' 

Selke must be frustrated watching this from the bench. Germany have created some fine openings.

64' 

A much better spell for Germany after Spain had made such a strong start to the second period.

63' 
61' 

Germany in again. Gnabry surges in from the left but sees his low shot blocked by the boot of Kepa. From the resulting corner Marc-Oliver Kempf's header flies just over.

60' 

A Germany counter ends with Meyer lining up a shot from 12 yards that is brilliantly blocked. That could have been curtains for Spain.

59' 

Saul chests a ball down and lets fly with a cracking effort from 25 yards that Pollersbeck is forced to push past his right-hand post.

58' 

Philipp hasn't had a sniff in the Spain half, but he's back in his own box doing some solid defending. All hands to the pump for Kuntz's men.

57' 

Spain turning the screw. Germany creaking but doing what's required in defence.

  • Marcos Llorente
    Yellow cardMarcos LlorenteSpain U-21Llorente booked.
55' 

Llorente booked.

54' 

Spain work a short corner and free Asensio on the right of the area. The Real Madrid man wastes little time taking aim but sees his rasping drive blocked.

  • Niklas Stark
    Yellow cardNiklas StarkGermany U-21Stark the latest German to go in the book for a foul on Ceballos.
53' 

Stark the latest German to go in the book for a foul on Ceballos.

  • José Luis Gayá
    OffJonny CastroSpain U-21SPAIN CHANGE: Jonny off, Gaya on.
  • José Luis Gayá
    OnJosé Luis GayáSpain U-21
52' 

SPAIN CHANGE: Jonny off, Gaya on.

  • Janik Haberer
    Yellow cardJanik HabererGermany U-21Haberer booked.
51' 

Haberer booked.

50' 

Spain's stars need to seriously raise their game in this second half. They barely troubled Pollersbeck in that first 45.

  • Maximilian Arnold
    Yellow cardMaximilian ArnoldGermany U-21Arnold booked for a foul on Sandro.
49' 

Arnold booked for a foul on Sandro.

48' 

PHOTO: Weiser's big moment.

47' 
  • 2nd Half
46' 

KICK OFF! Spain restart the contest.

  • End of 1st Half
45' 

HT: Germany 1-0 Spain. The underdogs deservedly lead courtesy of Weiser's stunning header five minutes before the break.

44' 

Nice line...

  • Saúl Ñíguez
    Yellow cardSaúl ÑíguezSpain U-21Saul booked.
43' 

Saul booked.

42' 

Spain looking for an immediate response but struggling to move it up a gear.

41' 

That wasn't in the pre-match script, but Germany full value for that lead on this first-half showing.

  • Mitchell Weiser
    GoalMitchell WeiserGermany U-21GOAL! Mitchell Weiser gives Germany the lead with a looping, flick header from Toljan's right-wing cross. A  quite stunning effort.
40' 

GOAL! Mitchell Weiser gives Germany the lead with a looping, flick header from Toljan's right-wing cross. A quite stunning effort.

39' 

Gnabry powers into the area from the left but slips at the vital moment. It's worked backwards and Janik Haberer skies a shot way, way over the top.

37' 
Germany U21, Spain U21
35' 

The set piece is knocked back into the middle but Mere can only nod well wide.

34' 

Deulofeu with a couple of stepovers on the right but his driven cross is deflected behind for a corner.

33' 

Any problems Germany are having seem to be of their own making. They give it away in their own half again. Saul lines up a strike but the tournament's top scorer sees his 25-yarder blocked by Stark.

32' 

PHOTO: Gnabry battles with Bellerin.

31' 

Saul connects with the left-wing corner but can only guide well over the top of the crossbar.

30' 

Deulofeu seizes upon an error and drives at the German penalty area. He twists and turns but in the end he can't get beyond a third defender.

29' 

Germany probing. Gerhardt delivers a fine cross from the left and Kepa is forced to awkwardly punch clear.

27' 

Spain forced to play on the counter, but they have not posed much threat so far. Kuntz will be delighted with how his side have played so far.

25' 

Toljan loses the ball with Germany having committed a lot of bodies forward. Asesnio leads a lone charge and in the end he is forced backwards. Great recovery from Die Mannschaft and a sigh of relief from Toljan.

24' 

DID YOU KNOW? If Saul were to somehow score another hat-trick tonight, he would break Marcus Berg's U21 finals record of seven goals (set in 2009). #bigask

22' 

After a nervy first five minutes, Germany have bossed this. Spain struggling to dictate the game as was expected, but there's still plenty of time.

21' 

Weiser's deep free kick from the left is met by Gnabry at the far post. His first volley is blocked and his follow up is scuffed straight at Kepa.

20' 

Llorente forces Gabry to the floor as he was in full flow. No caution, but the referee gives him his last warning.

19' 

PHOTO: Gnabry and Deulofeu challenge for the ball.

18' 

Deulofeu glides in from the left but sees his curving shot diverted behind for a corner. Spain deal with the resulting set piece.

17' 

POSSESSION: Germany 56% Spain 44%.

16' 

CLOSE! Gerhardt's low ball in from the left is taken in his stride by Gnabry who rifles a volley into the side netting.

15' 

SENIOR CAPS - Germany (8 total): Maximilian Arnold (1 cap), Yannick Gerhardt (1), Serge Gnabry (2), Max Meyer (4) Spain (15 total): Marco Asensio (3), Hector Bellerín (3), Gerard Deulofeu (3), Saúl Ñíguez (3), Mikel Oyarzabal (1), Denis Suárez (1), Iñaki Williams (1)

14' 

At the other end a Germany corner causes a few alarm bells to ring in the Spanish rearguard, but they manage to clear at the third attempt.

13' 

Bellerin meets Ceballos' cross from the right but can only flash his header wide of the far post.

11' 

Germany having joy down the left flank, but have also shown earlier in the tournament that they have quality down the right too.

10' 

Obligatory pre-match team photos....

9' 

Arnold decides to have a go from full on 35 yards and sees his swerving shot dip viciously at the end and just miss the top right-hand corner of Kepa's goal. Good response by Germany after Spain's early dominance.

8' 

FORM: Group B winners, Spain have triumphed in all four of their matches at this tournament, notching 12 goals and conceding two. Germany won their first two and scored five goals without reply. However, they then lost 1-0 to Italy to finish as Group C runners-up, and needed penalties to see off England after a 2-2 draw in the semi final.

7'

CLOSE! Max Meyer adjusts himself brilliantly to flick a header from just inside the area against the post with Kepa scrambling.

6' 

After all of that, it's Germany with the first shot of note as Weiser's rising drive from a narrow angle on the left is touched over by Kepa.

5' 

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The sides have met at this level on six previous occasions with Spain winning four and Germany just one.

4' 

The pattern could already be set. Spain patiently probing with Germany defending deep.

3' 

PAST EXPLOITS: Germany lifted the trophy in 2009 and have finished as runners-up on three occasions (includes East and West Germany). /// Spain have won it four times (1986, 1998, 2011, 2013) and have been runners-up twice. They have been crowned champions in two of the past three tournaments (they were not involved in 2015).

2' 

Tonight's referee is Benoît Bastien of France.

  • 1st Half
1' 

KICK OFF! Germany get the 2017 Euro Under-21 final underway.

19.40 

Maximilian Philipp, Germany: "The coach gives us a lot of advice, he won lots of trophies. I will just do what I do before every game. I want to win, of course, but you can't keep thinking about it. You can over-think things."

Maximilian Philipp U21
19.38 

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: If Spain lift the trophy, Francisco and Marcos Llorente will be the first father and son to have won the Under-21 Euros. 'Paco' Llorente triumphed when Spain beat Italy on penalties in 1986 (stat via UEFA).

Marcos Llorente, contra el Inter (Foto: www.realmadrid.com)
19.35 
19.32 

Spain Under-21 skipper Gerard Deulofeu, who could yet return to Barcelona after the Catalan giants activated their buy-back option from Everton, insists his only focus is this final. He told reporters: "We'll see what happens in my future. It will be clarified in the days to come. Our objective is the final and lifting the cup." He added: "I am happy with my tournament. You can always improve, we work day to day and I am bringing something to the team in other areas that the team needs. I'm proud of the job we've done but we have to finish it off."

19.28 

Albert Celades, Spain coach: "I think we will need great individual performances, a good collective effort, good organisation. We have to do a lot of things right to win. Until now, things have been going well. We have to do a lot of things right to win […] Germany are a world power in the game, we have met many times in youth levels and senior team too. It's a great rivalry, you could almost call it a 'clásico'."

Albert Celades, Spain U21
19.25 

Stefan Kuntz, Germany coach: "We showed them the Italy game, and pointed out the mistakes they had made. We asked them to trust us, trust in our ideas, and against England, they came close to a very good game, not perfect, but very good. There were a lot of crosses, shots. The players are also developing individually, and I think that could happen again."

Stefan Kuntz im Eurosport-Interview
19.20 

Atletico Madrid's Saul told UEFA.com about the pick of his five goals at the tournament so far: "In the end almost every goal I've scored in this EURO sums up what I'm about – arriving from deep. But if I had to choose one, it'd probably be the shot from outside the box against Italy."

19.10 

Spain name the same side that featured against Portugal in the group stage and in the semi-final success over Italy. Germany had injury doubts over leading scorer, Davie Selke and Niklas Stark coming into the match, and it's good and bad news on that front. Stark is fit to feature in defence, but Selke does not start.

Niklas Stark
19.05

CONFIRMED TEAMS - SPAIN U21: Arrizabalaga, Bellerín, Mere, Vallejo, Jonny, Llorente, Ceballos, Deulofeu, Saul, Asensio, Ramírez. /// GERMANY U21: Pollersbeck, Toljan, Stark, Kempf, Gerhardt, Haberer, Weiser, Meyer, Arnold, Gnabry, Philipp.

19.00 

Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Under-21 European Championship final between Spain and Germany in Krakow. La Rojita are many people's favourites as they bid for a record-equalling fifth title at this level. Germany may be missing some key names as a result of their promotion to the Confederations Cup squad, but coach Stefan Kuntz is hopeful his country's tournament know-how can help them spring a surprise. Kick off 19.45 BST.

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