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Summary

  1. Ex-Southampton loanee Djuricic strokes Serbia ahead
  2. Liverpool's Emre Can equalises for Germany
  3. German Gunter sent-off for diving
  4. Danes beat hosts Czechs in opener
  5. England begin campaign on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

And a swift wrap from us on the first day of the European U21 Championship. Hosts Czech Republic were beaten by Denmark, while favourites Germany were held to a draw by Serbia.

Thursday's action sees Italy take on Sweden, before the big one: England v Portugal. How will Gareth Southgate's men perform? Come back tomorrow to find out.

Until then.

Who to look out for?

William Carvalho (Portugal)

William Carvalho
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Portugal have included eight full internationals in their squad, including Sporting Lisbon midfielder - and reported Premier League target - William Carvalho. Now aged 23, he will look to exert his authority in his defensive midfield role. He is 6ft 2ins, athletic, boasts excellent positional play and has a reported release clause of £37m written into his contract at Sporting.

FULL-TIME

Germany 1-1 Serbia

It ends all square in Prague. Serbia edged the contest, but the favourites Germany will be pleased to escape with a point.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Serbia change. Nikola Trujic on for Aleksandar Pesic. Harsh to be sent on with 30 seconds left, harsh to be taken off.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Oh so nearly a winner for Serbia as Aleksandar Pesic glances a header wide of goal. That could have made it into a tournament shock.

SUBSTITUTION

Germany 1-1 Serbia

And that is Milos Jojic's last act as he comes off. Luka Milunovic is being given a run out. Three minutes of added time. Is there a last twist?

Germany 1-1 Serbia

...but Milos Jojic's corner comes to nothing. One minute to play.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Serbia happy to keep the ball, before earning themselves a corner...

Germany 1-1 Serbia

A quick break up field from Germany, set up by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who sends Leonardo Bittencourt into the opposing area. He finds team-mate Kevin Volland on the penalty spot, whose strike is well blocked by the Serbian defenders.

Four minutes left.

PENALTY APPEAL

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany's Amin Younes goes down in the box after attention from Filip Stojkovic. A look to the referee but nothing given. It was the correct decision. Would have been a soft one to give and spoilt a superb refereeing performance so far from the Spaniard Javier Estrada.

Seven minutes left.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

10 minutes to go. Can anyone find a winner?

SUBSTITUTION

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Serbia going for it? Genk striker Aleksandar Cavric is being sent on.

Germany also make a change. Midfielder Max Meyer being replaced by Hannover's Leonardo Bittencourt.

YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Ouch. Aleksandar Pesic is booked for slicing through the back of Germany captain Kevin Volland.

Who to look out for?

John Guidetti (Sweden)

John Guidetti
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Swedish striker John Guidetti is on the books of Manchester City, but was prolific on-loan at Celtic last season, netting 15 goals in 35 games. Quite the international man, Guidetti's paternal grandfather is Italian and grandmother is half Swedish, half Brazilian.

Born in Stockholm, He has also lived in Kenya, when his father was working in the African country.

SUBSTITUTION

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany boss Horst Hrubesch shuffling his pack after going down to 10 men. Philipp Hofmann, still suffering the side effects of an earlier challenge, is brought off to be replaced by Nico Schulz, a defender from Hertha Berlin.

RED CARD - Christian Gunter

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Off.

Spanish referee Javier Estrada, you are a brilliant man. It is time the officials clamped down on simulation, and Germany defender Christian Gunter has been made an example of.

Already on a booking, he tries to con the referee into giving the opposing player Darko Brasanac - on a yellow too - a second, but instead is given his marching orders after throwing himself to the ground.

Excellent reffing, well played the man in black.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Bit scrappy now between the two sides, with neither really carving open any clear cut opportunities. Germany captain Kevin Volland - like England cricketer Eoin Morgan has just done - send the ball high into the crowd.

It's caught by a very pleased looking Germany fan. Nothing to smile about mate, that was a terrible effort.

Ferdy on facial fuzz

Germany 1-1 Serbia

These u21 players are looking really old....All these beards are not helping them at all

Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

Kevin Volland
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Talking of Kevin Volland, not so wonderful from him so far. An hour gone and the guy has not had a sniff in this match.

CLOSE!

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Should be scoring there, Philipp Hofmann. A lovely ball whipped into the box by captain Kevin Volland, but Hofmann can't find the target, nodding wide from just a couple of yards out. Big chance.

England Women v Colombia Women (21:00 BST)

It's make or break time for England's Women this evening in their final group game at the World Cup.

Toni Duggan
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A win or a draw against Colombia in Montreal shall see them through to the last 16.

You can WATCH the game - and read our superb updates -

by clicking here. Enjoy.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Milos Djojic stings the hands of Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a low drive. Good handling from the Barca keeper, who keeps teh ball in his grasp.

YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Another booking, these two sides are properly laying into each other. Darko Brasanac, who has only just untnagled himself after Emre Can's goal, trips Germany substitute Joshua Kimmich and is not walking a fine line.

YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Hofmann
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Some proper tough challenges going in and Serbia captain Goran Causic is the next man to go into the referee's book after leaving an arm in on Germany's Philipp Hofmann.

The Kaiserslautern man has been given a bust lip and needs to go off to change his t-shirt. Swiftly comes back on though. Hard.

YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Wallop! Christian Gunter has come charging across and takes out Serbia goalscorer Filip Djuricic and is rightly booked. That was more of a rugby tackle than a football challenge. Sonny Bill Williams would have been proud of that one.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany make a change in the second half as Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Kimmich comes on for Moritz Leitner, who was booked in the first half.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Second half is a go. Let's do this.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

I bet Germany coach Horst Hrubesch is having a stern word with his players right now in the dressing room. It wasn't the best from them, to be honest.

Serbia boss Mladen Dodic should be much calmer, it was an impressive half from his side. Can they keep it going in the second half though?

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany
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Wonder how many of the Germany players in action today are destined for greatness? You could argue that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has already achieved it after the season he has had with Barcelona.

Butland targets senior graduation

England v Portugal (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

Butland
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On a side note, England Under-21 captain Jack Butland says the players bidding to win the European Championship can take inspiration from those now in the senior squad.

Gareth Southgate's side open their Group B campaign against Portugal in Olomouc on Thursday.

"The likes of Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere have made the step up and are established senior players which is the target for everyone," said Butland, 22.

HALF-TIME

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Interval. In go the players for their half time oranges. A very watchable half of football.

GREAT SAVE!

Germany 1-1 Serbia

What a save, lad! What a save. Marc-Andre ter Stegen plays for La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League winners Barcelona and he shows just why.

Serbia captain Goran Causic lets fly with a thunderous 30-yard drive which looks to be heading into the roof of the net, but ter Stegen leaps to push the ball onto the bar. It bounces the right side of the white line for Germany to stay on level terms.

Great strike, great save.

YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Spanish referee Javier Estrada has pulled out the yellow for the first time, sending Germany midfielder Moritz Leitner into the book.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany
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Germany boss Horst Hrubesch is on the touchline, looking concerned. Whenever you're holding that bottom lip, looking away into the distance, it's a sure sign of being worried.

And so he should be, Germany have not performed so far. Remember, they are the favourites.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Serbia are the side that look the more likely to get a second, with Germany centre-backs Robin Knoche and Matthias Ginter being made to work hard. Need to make their possession in the final third pay though.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Ter Stegen
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Germany 1-1 Serbia

Milos Jojic is one of Serbia's danger men and he has just showed why, breaking forward before curling a left-footed strike just wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's post. Unlucky, but Germany can't afford to switch off at the back.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Serbia goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and one of his defenders collide while going for the same ball that's been tossed into the mixer. No damage done.

Unlike the two Surrey cricketers that came together while fielding on Sunday. Sickening incident.

Click here to read about it.

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Emre caan just sat a serbian down - nasty!! Great goal! Played cb last season too....

Germany 1-1 Serbia

Germany barely had a sniff up until then, and Serbia goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic's first act is to pick the ball out of the net. Emre Can has showed what he can do when he plays further up the pitch. Are you watching Mr Rodgers?