Euro Under-21 Championship - Group A
Germany U211Serbia U211

European U21 Championship: Germany held by Serbia

Emre Can

Tournament favourites Germany had to be content with a draw against Serbia on the opening day of the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic.

Filip Djuricic slotted Serbia ahead after a smart solo run, but Liverpool's Emre Can curled in Germany's equaliser.

Germany played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Christian Gunter was sent off, but managed to hold on to a point.

Earlier, hosts Czech Republic lost 2-1 as Denmark fought back from behind in the tournament's opening match.

Germany are hotly tipped to win the tournament for a second time, having eased through their qualifying campaign unbeaten and boasting the likes of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and midfielder Can in their squad.

But the 2009 champions lacked rhythm against an organised Serbian side, who were without a host of big-name players.

Germany
Germany - with a team including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira - beat England in the 2009 European Under-21 Championship final

Although Liverpool forward Lazar Markovic, Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and ex-Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic were all missing, the Balkan nation threatened to cause a huge upset on the opening day.

Former Southampton loanee Djuricic ran through the centre of the German defence, after nutmegging an opponent to create space, before driving low past Ter Stegen to give Serbia an early lead.

However, Germany levelled when Can smartly turned away from his marker on the edge of the penalty area and clinically found the bottom corner.

Ter Stegen's instinctive fingertip save - turning Serbia captain Goran Causic's vicious 30-yard strike on to the crossbar - prevented Serbia going ahead before half-time.

The second half failed to match the excitement of the first, with neither side creating many clear-cut opportunities. Gunter's dismissal for a second yellow card - given for diving - provided hope of a memorable win to Serbia, but they were unable to make their numerical advantage count.

Danes fight back to deny host nation

The 19th edition of the tournament began earlier on Wednesday when the Czech Republic met Denmark in Prague's Stadion Eden.

Czech full-back Pavel Kaderabek put the hosts ahead, cutting in from the right flank before curling into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

But centre-back Jannik Vestergaard headed in the equaliser for Denmark, before substitute Pione Sisto poked in the winner from close range late on.

Michal Travnik thought he had claimed a point for the Czech Republic, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Jannik Vestergaard
Denmark goalscorer Jannik Vestergaard plays for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen

Line-ups

Germany U21

  • 12ter Stegen
  • 2Korb
  • 4Ginter
  • 16Knoche
  • 3GünterBooked at 69mins
  • 11Can
  • 10LeitnerBooked at 43minsSubstituted forKimmichat 45'minutes
  • 9Volland
  • 20MeyerSubstituted forBittencourtat 76'minutes
  • 19Younes
  • 13HofmannSubstituted forSchulzat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Leno
  • 5Schulz
  • 6Geis
  • 7Bittencourt
  • 8Malli
  • 14Demirbay
  • 15Gnabry
  • 17Kimmich
  • 18Arnold
  • 21Klaus
  • 22Heintz
  • 23Horn

Serbia U21

  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 22Stojkovic
  • 15Spajic
  • 6PanticBooked at 76mins
  • 13Petrovic
  • 14BrasanacBooked at 54mins
  • 7CausicBooked at 52mins
  • 18JojicSubstituted forMilunovicat 90'minutes
  • 10Djuricic
  • 21SrnicSubstituted forCavricat 76'minutes
  • 9PesicSubstituted forTrujicat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Petkovic
  • 4Mijailovic
  • 5Cosic
  • 8Ivanic
  • 11Cavric
  • 12Peric
  • 16Milunovic
  • 17Filipovic
  • 19Trujic
  • 20Cirkovic
  • 23Stevanovic
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández

Match Stats

Home TeamGermany U21Away TeamSerbia U21
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Germany U21 1, Serbia U21 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany U21 1, Serbia U21 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Serbia U21. Nikola Trujic replaces Aleksandar Pesic.

Offside, Serbia U21. Nemanja Petrovic tries a through ball, but Luka Milunovic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Pesic (Serbia U21) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milunovic with a cross.

Amin Younes (Germany U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luka Milunovic (Serbia U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Serbia U21. Luka Milunovic replaces Milos Jojic.

Corner, Serbia U21. Conceded by Matthias Ginter.

Corner, Germany U21. Conceded by Filip Stojkovic.

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Bittencourt (Germany U21) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amin Younes.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Volland (Germany U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Bittencourt.

Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany U21).

Nemanja Petrovic (Serbia U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Robin Knoche (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darko Brasanac (Serbia U21).

Attempt blocked. Kevin Volland (Germany U21) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amin Younes.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nemanja Petrovic (Serbia U21).

Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany U21).

Aleksandar Pesic (Serbia U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Kevin Volland (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Uros Spajic (Serbia U21).

Foul by Julian Korb (Germany U21).

Aleksandar Cavric (Serbia U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany U21. Leonardo Bittencourt replaces Max Meyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Serbia U21. Aleksandar Cavric replaces Slavoljub Srnic.

Booking

Aleksandar Pantic (Serbia U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin Volland (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Pantic (Serbia U21).

Joshua Kimmich (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Goran Causic (Serbia U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany U21. Nico Schulz replaces Philipp Hofmann.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Christian Günter (Germany U21).

Christian Günter (Germany U21) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Kevin Volland (Germany U21) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Max Meyer.

Corner, Germany U21. Conceded by Darko Brasanac.

Julian Korb (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandar Pesic (Serbia U21).

Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

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