Euro Under-21 Championship - Final
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Euro Under-21 Championship: Spain beat Germany in Udine to win title

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Spain have equalled Italy's record of winning five U21 Euros
Spain have equalled Italy's record of winning five U21 Euros

Spain beat Germany to win their fifth European Under-21 Championship.

Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for Spain with a surging run and 25-yard strike from Mikel Oyarzabal's pass.

Dani Olmo doubled the lead with a clever chip after Alexander Nubel fumbled Ruiz's shot before Nadiem Amiri's late deflected consolation.

The game in Udine was a repeat of the 2017 final, which Germany won, and the two sides have now won five of the past six U21 Euros between them.

Golden Boot winner Luca Waldschmidt of Germany was unable to find an eighth goal to set a record for a single tournament.

The game could have been different had Spain defender Jesus Vallejo been sent off for a dangerous high tackle on Freiburg's Waldschmidt in the first half.

The Real Madrid player was only shown a yellow card and a video assistant referee check determined not to send him off.

Germany improved after the break and Amiri's swerving shot was parried by Antonio Sivera. But after Dinamo Zagreb's Olmo scored, Spain looked in control.

They could have increased their lead and Napoli midfielder Ruiz shot just wide after a fine one-two with Borja Mayoral before Carlos Soler hit the crossbar.

Amiri set up a nervy finale when his long-range strike hit Vallejo's head and flew past Sivera but they did not create another chance to force extra time.

Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo, who won the Golden Boot and the tournament in 2000, brought the trophy on to the pitch
Car
A remote controlled car drove the ball on to the pitch for the kick-off

Line-ups

Spain U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1SiveraBooked at 83mins
  • 15Aguirregabiria
  • 5Núñez GestosoBooked at 71mins
  • 2VallejoBooked at 33mins
  • 20Firpo
  • 6RuizSubstituted forMerinoat 78'minutes
  • 21Roca
  • 19Olmo
  • 10Ceballos
  • 22FornalsSubstituted forMayoralat 72'minutes
  • 11OyarzabalSubstituted forSolerat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Martín
  • 4Meré
  • 7Soler
  • 8Merino
  • 9Mayoral
  • 12Vallejo Galván
  • 13Simón
  • 14Zubeldia
  • 16Lirola
  • 17Pedraza
  • 18Mir
  • 23Martín Fernández

Germany U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Nübel
  • 3Klostermann
  • 4Tah
  • 5Baumgartl
  • 2Henrichs
  • 16SerdarSubstituted forNeuhausat 61'minutes
  • 6EggesteinSubstituted forNmechaat 78'minutes
  • 8Dahoud
  • 7ÖztunaliSubstituted forRichterat 72'minutes
  • 10Waldschmidt
  • 18Amiri

Substitutes

  • 9Nmecha
  • 11Richter
  • 12Müller
  • 13Eggestein
  • 14Mittelstädt
  • 15Anton
  • 17Uduokhai
  • 19Neuhaus
  • 20Koch
  • 21Maier
  • 22Löwen
  • 23Schubert
Referee:
Srdjan Jovanovic
Attendance:
23,232

Match Stats

Home TeamSpain U21Away TeamGermany U21
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain U21 2, Germany U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain U21 2, Germany U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikel Merino (Spain U21) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dani Olmo.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Timo Baumgartl (Germany U21).

  5. Post update

    Dani Ceballos (Spain U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Germany U21. Conceded by Júnior Firpo.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Tah (Germany U21).

  8. Post update

    Borja Mayoral (Spain U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Spain U21 2, Germany U21 1. Nadiem Amiri (Germany U21) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Florian Neuhaus.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Henrichs (Germany U21).

  11. Post update

    Carlos Soler (Spain U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Benjamin Henrichs (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Soler (Spain U21).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gian-Luca Waldschmidt (Germany U21) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha.

  15. Booking

    Antonio Sivera (Spain U21) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Germany U21. Florian Neuhaus tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Carlos Soler (Spain U21) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dani Olmo.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marco Richter (Germany U21).

  19. Post update

    Dani Ceballos (Spain U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany U21. Lukas Nmecha replaces Maximilian Eggestein.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain U2132018446
2Italy U2132016336
3Poland U21320147-36
4Belgium U21300348-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany U21321010377
2Denmark U2132016426
3Austria U2131114404
4Serbia U213003110-90

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania U2132108357
2France U2132103127
3England U21301269-31
4Croatia U21301248-41
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