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Summary

  1. Weiser's superb, looping header secures second ever title for Germany
  2. Spain were seeking fifth European Under-21 crown
  3. Germany last won tournament in 2009

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

The heavens have opened above Krakow but Germany's players are singing in the rain. While the celebrations are in full swing as Germany's success at tournaments continues, it is time for us to say goodbye.

Many thanks for your company. Until next time...

Hat-trick?

FT: Germany 1-0 Spain

So, Germany are world champions, European Under-21 champions and, on Sunday, could win the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Not a bad hat-trick if that happens.

Germany win Euro 2017

FT: Germany 1-0 Spain

Stefan Kuntz runs on the pitch to celebrate with his players. Germany are deserved winners. Meanwhile, tears from Spain's players.

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FULL-TIME - Germany 1-0 Spain

Germany are the 2017 European Under-21 champions.

Germany celebrate
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Germany 1-0 Spain

Another cross is pumped into Germany's penalty area but Julian Pollersbeck - hero of the penalty shootout semi-final win over England - stretches out his huge hands to gather.

Germany 1-0 Spain

Four minutes of additional time.

Jose Vallejo
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Germany 1-0 Spain

The ball drops nicely for Saul Niguez just outside the area but his attempt cannons off a white shirt. Germany's defending has been excellent.

Germany 1-0 Spain

A huge punt forward for Inaki Williams. The Spain forward is quick...but not that quick. It comes to nothing.

Inaki Williams
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Germany 1-0 Spain

It's approaching boom or bust time for Spain.

The changes are coming thick and fast. Germany replace Gnabry - who has had enough chances to take home the match ball - with Nadiem Amiri while Dominik Kohr has come on for Janik Haberer.

Spain have thrown on striker Borja Mayoral, who spent part of 2016-17 in Germany at Wolfsburg, in place of Marcos Llorente.

Dani Ceballos
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Germany 1-0 Spain

Spain have made another change - Sandro Ramirez makes way for the pace Inaki Williams.

The new addition almost makes an instant impact after whipping a cross into the mix which Germany just about scramble clear.

Ten minutes left for Spain to find an equaliser.

CLOSE!

Germany 1-0 Spain

Odds on a dramatic twist?

A rare Spain chance almost leads to an equaliser as Dani Ceballos' wonderful first-time shot from distance flies a few inches wide.

Moments later Gerard Deulofeu goes even closer - his goal-bound attempt taking a deflection off a German boot for a corner.

Dani Ceballos
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Germany 1-0 Spain

A scorching attack by Germany almost results in a second goal. A lovely measured pass by Yannick Gerhardt tees up Serge Gnabry but he rushes his shot inside the area and it's a wasted opportunity.

Serge Gnabry
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Germany 1-0 Spain

Germany are 20 minutes from being crowned European Under-21 champions for a second time. They've had twice as many shots as Spain - 14-7.

Mitchell Weiser
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PENALTY APPEAL

Germany 1-0 Spain

Comical defending by Spain as they give the ball away cheaply deep inside their own area before Mitchell Weiser tumbles to the ground while surrounded by red shirts. No penalty says the referee.

Germany penalty appeal
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GREAT SAVE!

Germany 1-0 Spain

It's end to end stuff.

Serge Gnabry is away from his marker and galloping into the box but Kepa Arrizabalaga keeps his nerve to block with his outstretched leg.

A huge moment.

Had that gone in it would surely have been game over. Spain are still alive.

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GREAT SAVE!

Germany 1-0 Spain

Spain are not out of this. Far from it.

Moments after Marco Asensio has a decent effort blocked, Saul Niguez wallops the ball from outside the area towards the corner of the net before Julian Pollersbeck stretches his huge frame to deflect it away.

SUBSTITUTION

Germany 1-0 Spain

Referee Benoit Bastien will be demanding overtime pay if this continues.

Marcos Llorente urges the official to show a yellow card to an opponent for a foul on his Spanish team-mate. Instead Llorente ends up in the book. Silly.

Meanwhile, Spain have made their first change. Jose Gaya is on for Jonny in a like-for-like change at left-back.

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YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-0 Spain

What's happened to Germany's discipline?

Three yellow cards already this half as Janik Haberer and Niklas Stark join Max Arnold in the book.

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Germany 1-0 Spain

Hector Bellerin is looking to push forward but he is surrounded by white shirts as he attempts to venture out of his own half. The Arsenal defender is forced to pass all the way back to his keeper.

The frustration continues for Spain.

Hector Bellerin
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YELLOW CARD

Germany 1-0 Spain

Scrappy start to the half as Germany skipper Max Arnold is booked by the French referee for a cynical challenge which leaves Sandro Ramirez wincing.

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KICK-OFF

Germany 1-0 Spain

Spain need to step up if they are to win this tournament for a fifth time.

They haven't been able to get a solid foothold in the game.

We're back under way.

Spain
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Germany 1-0 Spain

What a momentous few months Jeremy Toljan is having.

Not only has he helped his club Hoffenheim reach the Champions League qualifiers for the first time, the defender has really shone at this tournament.

His cross for Mitchell Weiser's header was a belter.

Jeremy Toljan
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Like father, like son?

Spain have a lot of work to do to get back into this but should they turn it around and win, their midfielder Marcos Llorente will create a small piece of history by following in his father's footsteps as a European Under-21 champion.

Paco Llorente was a winger in Spain's triumphant team which defeated Italy in the 1986 final and he is in Krakow to see if his son, who plays for Alaves, can achieve a family double.

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HALF-TIME

Germany 1-0 Spain

Germany are in the box seat.

Germany 1-0 Spain

Spain are rattled.

Gerard Deulofeu remonstrates with the assistant referee after a decision goes against him.

Germany not only have the breakthrough, they are on top as half-time approaches.

GOAL - Germany 1-0 Spain

Mitchell Weiser

Extraordinary header.

Germany have the lead as Mitchell Weiser loops the ball over Spain's keeper after meeting Jeremy Toljan's cross.

It's a really well placed header - a goal of the tournament contender - and Spain are stunned.

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Germany 0-0 Spain

How much are Everton going to miss Gerard Deulofeu?

He's certainly causing a nuisance to Germany's defence and wins his side another corner after his latest marauding run.

Gerard Deulofeu
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Germany 0-0 Spain

Frustration is creeping into Germany's ranks. Passes are being over-hit, possession is cheaply being given away. Spain are starting to get on top.

Germany 0-0 Spain

Had the penalty shootout with Germany turned out differently, Aidy Boothroyd could have been enjoying the mother of all parties in Krakow later. Instead he's sat in a television studio watching this. Fine margins.

Aidy Boothroyd
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Germany 0-0 Spain

A Mexican Wave has broken out. It really isn't that bad a game.

Germany 0-0 Spain

Very little to choose between the teams although Germany are creating the better chances.

Serge Gnabry volleys a cross into the backside of an opponent, the ball rebounding back to his feet before he forces Kepa Arrizabalaga into a smart stop on the line.

Kepa Arrizabalaga
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Germany 0-0 Spain

Aidy Boothroyd will not be impressed.

England boss Boothroyd has caught the eye at this tournament with his smart dress sense but Spain's Albert Celades is clearly not a fan as he is wearing a hoodie on the touchline.

The hood is not up...but it's still a hoodie. Poor form.

Albert Celades
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Germany 0-0 Spain

The chances keep on coming.

Five attempts already after Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry shows sublime skills to bring the ball down to his feet before lashing the ball into the side netting from a tight angle.

Serge Gnabry
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CLOSE!

Germany 0-0 Spain

Hector Bellerin can't believe he's not scored after rising about the German defence to meet a delicious cross, the Arsenal defender's header falling just wide.

No goals but this is developing into a high-quality final.

Germany 0-0 Spain

That bright start by Spain already seems an age ago.

It's all Germany and skipper Max Arnold is the latest to go close after letting fly from outside the area.

The Spaniards have yet to create a serious chance.

Mitchell Weiser
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HITS THE WOODWORK

Germany 0-0 Spain

First save as Kepa Arrizabalaga fists Mitchell Weiser's attempt over before Max Meyer goes even closer for Germany with a thumping header which beats Spain's keeper and hits the bottom of the post before rebounding to safety.

Germany 0-0 Spain

Some meaty challenges already.

Spain are a menace going forward, fizzing the ball around with confidence, and win the game's first corner.

The Germans can't get out of their own half.

Marcos Llorente
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Germany 0-0 Spain

How many of these players will be appearing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in 12 months time?

Spain have a strong looking starting line-up which boasts 12 senior caps while Germany's side has 200-plus Bundesliga appearances to its name.

The Germans have actually done well to battle their way to the final as most of their key players at this level have been promoted to the senior side for the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Dani Ceballos
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KICK-OFF

Germany 0-0 Spain

Who will be the new European Under-21 champions? Will it go to penalties?

Answers to these questions and more coming up.

Germany get us under way.

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'Finish the job'

It's been a busy day for Spain captain Gerard Deulofeu.

Earlier, Barcelona announced they are to re-sign the winger from Everton after exercising a buy-back clause believed to be worth 12m euros (£10.6m).

Deulofeu, 23, is captaining his country in Krakow and he is determined they finish the tournament in style.

"It's been a long road for this generation and we have to finish it off," he said. "It's been a long journey, difficult at times, but with the team we have, we have to win this tournament."

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