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Jonathan Jurejko and Shamoon Hafez

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  1. 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.

  2. Who to look out for?

    William Carvalho (Portugal)

    William Carvalho

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. 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?

  7. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

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

  8. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

    10 minutes to go. Can anyone find a winner?

  12. 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.

  13. YELLOW CARD

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

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

  14. Who to look out for?

    John Guidetti (Sweden)

    John Guidetti

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Ferdy on facial fuzz

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

  19. Post update

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Kevin Volland

    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.

  20. 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.

  21. Post update

    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

    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.

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. 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.

  24. YELLOW CARD

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

    Hofmann

    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.

  25. 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.

  26. Post update

    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.

  27. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

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

  28. Post update

    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?

  29. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

    Germany

    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.

  30. Butland targets senior graduation

    England v Portugal (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

    Butland

    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.

  31. HALF-TIME

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

    Germany

    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.

  35. Post update

    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.

  36. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

    Ter Stegen
  37. Post update

    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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  39. Post update

    Germany 1-1 Serbia

  40. Post update

    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?

  41. GOAL

    Germany 1-1 Serbia - Emre Can (17 mins)

    Emre Can

    Lovely. The Germans did not take long to get back on level terms, and it is another sumptuous strike. Liverpool man Emre Can, playing in a more familiar midfield role for the U21 side, collects the ball a few yards outside the area.

    There's nowhere for him to go, so he drops a shoulder and shifts the ball, turning Darko Brasanac inside out, before rolling it into the bottom corner past the goalkeeper.

  42. Post update

    Germany 0-1 Serbia

    Any reaction from Germany? Not quite yet. Serbia have been quicker to the ball so far and are really crunching into the tackle on the opposition. Striker Philipp Hofmann has seen nothing of the ball so far. Plenty of empty seats inside the stadium, he might as well take one of them.

  43. GOAL

    Germany 0-1 Serbia - Filip Djuricic (8 mins)

    Well, well, well. Didn't expect this did we? A beautifully taken goal from number 10 Filip Djuricic. Southampton fans will know about this lad, as he was on-loan there for the second half of the season.

    Serbia

    He wasn't quite able to turn it on with the Saints, but he sure has tonight. He collects the ball deep in the Germany half, before wriggling his way through the Germany defence, wrong footing Marc Andre ter Stegen with a cool, low finish.

    Very un-Germany like defending, a super start for Serbia.

  44. Manager reaction

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    Earlier, host nation Czech Republic's campaign did not begin as they intended - blowing a half-time lead to lose against highly-fancied Denmark.

    "We played two different halves of football today," says Czech Republic coach Jakub Dovalil. "It's not an ideal start but we have two more games. We have to get something from our next match against Serbia."

  45. Post update

    Germany 0-0 Serbia

    Germany's early intentions are evident, looking to get the ball down on the deck and pass their way around. Serbia are looking to go more direct towards striker Aleksander Pesic of French side Toulouse.

  46. KICK-OFF

    Germany 0-0 Serbia

    And we are under way in Prague. The Germans playing in traditional all white kit. Red shirts and blue shorts for the Serbians.

  47. Post update

    Germany v Serbia (19:45)

    No prizes for guessing who Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is supporting tonight...

  48. Team news

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Germany U21: ter Stegen, Korb, Ginter, Knoche, Gunter, Can, Leitner, Volland, Meyer, Younes, Hofmann.

    Substitutes: Leno, Schulz, Geis, Bittencourt, Malli, Demirbay, Gnabry, Kimmich, Arnold, Klaus, Heintz, Horn.

    Serbia U21: Dmitrovic, Stojkovic, Spajic, Pantic, Petrovic, Brasanac, Causic, Jojic, Djuricic, Srnic, Pesic.

    Substitutes: Peric, Kovacevic, Petkovic, Mijailovic, Cosic, Ivanic, Cavric, Milunovic, Filipovic, Stoiljkovic, Cirkovic, Stevanovic.

    Referee: Javier Estrada Fernandez (Spain)

  49. Post update

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    The two teams march out on to the pitch, receiving gentle applause from the fans inside the home of Sparta Prague. The Serbia players, arms around each other, all names ending in 'ic', belt out their national anthem.

    Germany players are next, and I have to say, along with the French and Russian anthems, is one of my favourite ones.

  50. Post update

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Germany are looking to win the European Under-21 Championship for a second time, six years after their previous success. You may remember - or been trying to forget - that they thumped an England side, containing the likes of Theo Walcott, Mark Noble and Martin Crainie, 4-0 in the 2009 final.

    The Germany side? Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Benedikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels. Wonder whatever happened to them...

    Germany
  51. Who do Spain play??

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Spain fans

    Holders Spain don't play anyone. Why not, you ask? Because they failed to qualify.

    Albert Celades's side were knocked out in the play-offs by Serbia, who claimed a 2-1 aggregate win to make it through to the tournament.

    The Serbians won't be pushovers for 2009 winners Germany, possessing the likes of Filip Djuricic (on-loan at Southampton last season) and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Milos Jojic in their side.

  52. Final four the target

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    While Germany boss Horst Hrubesch is not giving much away, Serbia coach Mladen Dodic has openly revealed his side's aim for the tournament.

    "I believe that we will be ready to qualify for the semi-finals," he said.

    "I'm optimistic because this group of players proved to me in qualifying that they can do whatever they want, as long as they are ready and motivated.

    "We showed a lot of good things in qualifying. We also showed our mentality and our character, bouncing back from defeats."

  53. Breaking news - Stones out of England games

    England v Portugal (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

    John Stones

    A major tournament can't pass England by without an injury scare can it? This year, Gareth Southgate's men will be without key defender John Stones for the opening two matches through concussion.

    The Everton man missed Wednesday's training session with a head injury and Southgate, in a news conference taking place now, says he will not play Portugal tomorrow or in Sunday's match against Sweden.

    England
  54. Who is Horst Hrubesch?

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Horst Hrubesch

    Horst Hrubesch was also Germany's match-winner in the 1980 European Championship final, scoring two goals against Belgium. If the youngsters want to know all about how to cross the winning line, they know who to ask about it.

    Like an old uncle, I'm sure Hrubesch will remind his troops about the glorious times he had in the 80s at every given opportunity.

  55. 'One game at a time'

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Horst Hrubesch

    Germany coach Horst Hrubesch has rolled out the cliches ahead of the match. Tick them off on your bingo card as you read:

    "It's always good to start with victory at any tournament as it makes life a lot easier," he said.

    "However, we will take it step by step, one game at a time.

    "Every team in this tournament have the ability to win it and are therefore playing for the title."

    How many did you get?

  56. Post update

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Sisto

    Who saw that result coming then? Denmark come from behind to beat the host side Czech Republic 2-1.

    On to our next match as pre-tournament favourites Germany take on the underdogs Serbia. A couple of players of Premier League interest are in the German 23-man squad, with Arsenal's Serge Gnabry and Liverpool's Emre Can selected.

    Can starts the opening match, while speedy forward Gnabry is on the bench. Impact sub later on?

  57. FULL-TIME

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    But don't worry Czech Republic fans, losing the first game isn't the end of world. Think Portugal at Euro 2004 and, er, is there any other decent examples for the Czechs to take heart from?

  58. FULL-TIME

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    All over! The hosts make a disappointing start as Denmark take maximum points in the tournament's opening game. Steady rather spectacular from the much-fancied Danes....

  59. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    But wait! The Czechs are not finished yet. The home side make progress down the left flank, sweeping in a couple of low crosses, then lobbing in a long throw, but the Danes hold firm.

  60. INJURY TIME

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    The Danish fans behind the goal where both of their nation's strikes were scored are turning up the volume. They know they are almost home and hosed. Czech Republic are struggling to make incisions in the Danish half as the clock ticks down...

  61. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    At least England U21 defender Calum Chambers and goalkeeper Jonathan Bond seem relaxed...

  62. INJURY TIME

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    If the Czechs are to start their home tournament without defeat then they have five minutes to do something about it....

  63. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    You wanted some late drama? You've got some. Denmark switch off as a left-wing cross is met by the head of unmarked Czech sub Michal Travnik, who strokes in after keeper Jakob Jensen saves his initial effort. The home crowd go wild, only to fall silent when they spot the linesman's flag. Travnik is rightly ruled to be offside.

  64. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark

    Don't go anywhere quite yet - these two sides drew 2-2 when they last met. There could be some late drama....

  65. GOAL

    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark - Pione Sisto (84 mins)

    Moments after going close with a free-kick, Pione Sisto is not to be denied! The Denmark substitute replaced the highly-rated Ajax man Viktor Fischer earlier - and now we know why. The FC Midtjylland forward instinctively prods his nation ahead with a close-range, angled toe poke. Excellent finish. Only the Danish fans inside the Stadion Eden can be heard now...

  66. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    In fact, Hojbjerg is absolutely scythed down. Filthy. The Dane needs treatment as he hobbles to the touchline, someone else will have to do the honours at the set-piece. That task falls to Pione Sisto, who effort dips on to the roof of the net. Close but not close enough...

  67. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    Denmark's Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg looks the likeliest to win the game for the visitors - and he sets off on a dangerous, mazy run in the Czech half. That comes to abrupt end as he is hauled down about 20 yards from the home goal....

  68. FIFTEEN TO GO

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    Earlier in the office we were wondering how many opening fixtures of a tournament end in a draw? We settled on a high percentage. This match will also be ending in a stalemate unless someone can find a breakthrough. The Czechs waste a 25-yard free-kick in a central position, the effort going high over the Danish goal.

  69. PENALTY APPEAL

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    Denmark have finally woke up in the Czech capital - giving plenty of encouragement to their 1,000 or so noisy fans. The Danes shout in unison as Rasmus Falk tumbles in the home penalty area. Penalty? Not according to Polish ref Szymon Marciniak.

  70. Best tournament ever?

    What a world we live in. A member of the world's biggest boyband having a discussion about Under-21s football with the European governing body....

  71. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    Oh dear! Denmark's Pierre Hojbjerg embarrasses himself with a dramatic dive in the Czech penalty area following a light challenge from one of the opposing defenders. The referee tells him to get up. I'd have booked him. Hojbjerg plays for Bayern Munich. As does Arjen Robben. Hmmm...

  72. Who to look out for?

    Harry Kane (England)

    Kane

    England striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham after an impressive season in which he netted 31 goals for his side. He made his full international debut in March, scoring 79 seconds after coming on against Lithuania.

  73. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    I'm not sure exactly what England head coach Gareth Southgate is up to - practising what he is going to say to the media at his news conference tonight maybe? But if he is sat in front of a television and watching this match then I'm sure he won't be overly worried about what he is seeing.

    Southgate's side are tagged as one of the fancied sides and there is a feeling of anticipation and excitement that this squad could deliver.

    "We are going there with genuine belief," said the former England defender. "The players have a chance to create some history."

  74. SUBSTITUTION

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark

    Remember how we talked up Denmark's Ajax prodigy, two-time Eredivisie winner, Christian Eriksen heir, Viktor Fischer? Well he is hooked immediately after that goal following a rather anonymous display. Pione Sisto replaces him for the the last half hour.

  75. GOAL

    Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark - Jannik Vestergaard (56 mins)

    Jannik Vestergaard
    Image caption: Heads!

    Denmark are level! And they have skipper Jannik Vestergaard to thank. The lanky centre-back stays up field after a Danish corner and climbs highest to stick his head on a left-wing cross. His effort has too much power for Czech keeper Tomas Koubek and the ball creeps into the bottom corner.

  76. Post update

    Remarkably that patriotic tweet by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has generated more than 15,000 retweets in three minutes. And he has nearly 20m followers. Unbelievable. Not bad for a lad from Doncaster....

  77. England pulling in One Direction

  78. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    One would imagine the scenes in the respective dressing rooms were rather different. The Danes may have received a telling off from their boss Jess Thorup, while the host nation's coach Jakub Dovalil may have been more placid.

    But if Thorup did launch a rocket then it has not been evident in the early moments of the second half.

  79. KICK-OFF

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    The sun is still shining in Prague as the players remerge from the Stadion Eden tunnel. Team-talks are over, water bottles are emptier, orange peel is scattered over the floor. Game on!

  80. Who to look out for?

    Germany v Serbia (19:45 BST)

    Enjoying what you have seen so far? Well here's another gentle prod in the direction of the tournament's second match - Germany v Serbia - which follows after this match.

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen

    Barcelona's Champions League-winning goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is one name lining up for Germany that most of you will be familiar with.

    But in front of Ter Stegen watch for Matthias Ginter. When David Moyes was managing in the Premier League, he was watching the 21-year-old. The central defender, who is now at Borussia Dortmund, reads the game well and is comfortable in possession.

  81. Post update

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Jens Jonsson

    AGF midfielder Jens Jonsson is only on the bench for Denmark today. Can he make an impact as a substitute later on in this game?

  82. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Posh Scarecrow: Come on Denmark!

    You can send in your thoughts on the game and predictions for the tournament via #bbcfootball on Twitter.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - but don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  83. HALF-TIME

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Czech

    Toot, toot, tooooot! That's the sound of the half-time whistle, which brings a huge cheer from the locals gathered inside Prague's Stadion Eden. Czech right-back Pavel Kaderabek - the matchwinner as it stands - clenches his right fist and waves it in the direction of the main stand. Steady on young man - you've got another 45 minutes to go yet...

  84. INJURY TIME

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Two minutes of stoppage time for Denmark to find an equaliser. Or, more likely, to avoid conceding a second.

  85. CLOSE!

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Czech Republic are piling on the pressure as the first half ticks towards a conclusion. Denmark keeper Jakob Jensen earns his corn with three sensational saves in a matter of moments, first producing an instinctive double stop, then dropping down quickly to push away another 20-yard strike.

  86. England set up to win - JWP

    Move over Radcliffe and Maconie, we are playing our own version of The Chain. The mere mention of Micah Richards means we can segway nicely into an entry about England, who are "set up" to win the European Championship according to Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.

    Gareth Southgate's side start their campaign against Portugal on Thursday. England are second favourites behind the highly fancied Germans, with double-defending champions Spain having failed to qualify.

    "We are not here just to take part and look pretty, we are here to win the tournament," the 20-year-old Southampton midfielder told BBC Sport.

  87. Richards signs for Villa

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark

    Micah Richards

    And Pavel Kaderabek's goal means we can seamlessly go from him to another right-back with pedigree in this tournament. That man is Micah Richards, who was part of the England side that lost 4-0 to Germany in the 2009 final.

    Big things were expected of the defender after that tournament, but it has not quite worked out for him.

    Word just coming through that the former Manchester City man has signed for FA Cup finalists Aston Villa on a free transfer.

  88. GOAL

    Czech Republic 1-0 Denmark - Pavel Kaderabek (36 mins)

    Pavel Kaderabek celebrates

    And there it is! The home fans turn up the volume inside the Stadion Eden after their young heroes take a deserved lead. Marauding right-back Pavel Kaderabek - who plays in Germany for Hoffenheim - shows his composure in the opposition penalty area with a controlled finish after a mazy run inside from the flank to stick the Czechs ahead.

  89. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Ooooh! Almost a breakthrough for the host nation. A game of pinball breaks out in a packed Danish penalty area, with the visitors scrambling clear Martin Frydek's goal-bound shot. Time for the opener soon?

  90. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Czech keeper Tomas Koubek feels leather on his gloves for the first time as he gathers Pierre Hojbjerg's dipping free-kick. Hojbjerg's Bayern Munich team-mates - Schweinsteiger, Robben, Ribery et al - won't be worried about him taking over set-pieces next season based on that evidence.

  91. SUBSTITUTION

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    This wasn't in the Danish script. Boss Jess Thorup is forced into an early change of personnel as Juventus defender Frederik Sorensen - who I'm pretty sure almost joined Leeds last summer - limps off clutching his right hamstring. Another Denmark player with an English connection - Fulham's Lasse Christensen - replaces him.

  92. Who to look out for?

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Hojbjerg

    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has linked up with the under-21s after representing the senior side in their Euro qualifier against Serbia. A tall midfielder with a good range of distribution, he joined Bayern Munich at the age of 17. Pep Guardiola is a big fan - he could breakthrough at the Allianz this coming season.

  93. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Viktor Fischer might have a couple of Eredivisie titles to his name, but he has barely had a couple of touches in these opening exchanges. Czech Republic are still just shading the early stages, but Denmark are capable of some devastating attacking play. Pierre Hojbjerg, a Bayern Munich midfielder who played on-loan at Bundesliga rivals Augsburg last season, tries an ambitious shot from distance which flies high over the Czech goal.

  94. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Fischer
  95. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Pavel Nedved

    Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding. A member of Czech royalty is in the house. Czech football royalty that is. Pavel Nedved - him of Juventus, Euro 2004 and flowing blond locks fame - is sat in the Stadion Eden watching his nation's youngsters.

    So far he will be happy with what he has seen. The hosts have continued their high-tempo start, but only have a wild sliced shot from Ladislav Krejci - who has been linked with a move to Newcastle - to show for their efforts.

  96. Who to look out for?

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Viktor Fischer

    Danish attacker Viktor Fischer will be desperate to make up for lost time after only returning in April following 14 months out injured. He's is a left-winger with Ajax and has been on the radar of the top clubs in the Premier League for a number of years despite still being only 21.

  97. LINE-UPS

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Czech Rep U21: Koubek, Kaderabek, Brabec, Baranek, Hybs, Frydek, Prikryl, Petrak, Zmrhal, Krejci, Kliment. Subs: Pavlenka, Janos, Houska, Skalak, Travnik, Takacs, Masopust, Jugas, Hanousek, Reichi.

    Denmark U21: Jakob Busk Jensen, Scholz, Sorensen, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Andreas Christensen, Thomsen, Hojbjerg, Poulsen, Fischer, Falk Jensen. Subs: Ronnow, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Bech, Banggaard, Durmisi, Remmer, Norgaard, Jonsson, Brock-Madsen, Berggren, Sisto, David Jensen.

    Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

  98. Post update

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    The Czech Republic did not use a traditional motivational video (whatever one of those is) according to their boss Jakub Dovalil. But whatever he has said to his players seems to have worked a treat. The host nation have come flying out of the blocks as they aim to nab an early lead. Jan Kliment's strike from distance lifts the home crowd, but it is easily gathered by Denmark keeper Jakob Jensen.

  99. Can the Czechs bounce back?

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Petr Cech
    Image caption: A pre-helmeted Petr Cech made the match-winning penalty save back in 2002.

    Hosts Czech Republic won the Under-21 back in 2002, with a squad that boasted the likes of Chelsea's Petr Cech in goal, former Liverpool striker Milan Baros up front and ex-Hearts man Rudi Skacel in midfield.

    The Czechs beat France on penalties in the final in Basel after a 0-0 draw. France had Steed Malbranque on the wing, Sidney Govou up front and Jean-Alain Boumsong at the back...

  100. KICK-OFF

    Czech Republic 0-0 Denmark

    Ladies and gentlemen - the European Under-21 Championship is all systems go.

    Polish referee Szymon Marciniak toots his whistle for the first time and that means the tournament has begun!

  101. 'Denmark are slight favourites'

    Czech Republic v Denmark (17:00 BST)

    Denmark are fancied to do quite well in the tournament with a host of players who are on the books of top European clubs including Bayern Munich, Ajax and Chelsea.

    "The chances are 60-40 in their favour," admits Czech Republic coach Jakub Dovalil. "They get forward in numbers and Fischer, Poulsen and Vestergaard are very good players.

    Czech fans

    "We won't use a traditional motivational video as I don't want my players over-hyped. They're all eager to play and I told them the Denmark coach has not lost since he took charge but that all runs have to come to an end some time."

  102. Post update

    As far as opening ceremonies go, that falls into the blink-and-you'll-miss-it category. Danny Boyle was certainly not involved. Those in the queue for over-priced stadium food will have definitely missed out.

    Anyway....here come the teams for the two national anthems....

  103. Post update

    Stop what you're doing! It is time for the opening ceremony. Drums? Check. Balloons? Check. Taylor Swift pumping out over the stadium's sound system? Check. Plenty of colour and noise in the Prague sunshine. Are we going to have a Diana Ross at USA 1994 moment? Quite possibly. Looks a bit helter skelterish out there....

  104. Post update

    Czech Republic v Denmark (17:00 BST)

    European Under-21 Championships

    Apparently about 1,000 Denmark fans have made the trip across Germany to Prague. Win, lose or draw - they'll be sinking a few pints of cheap Czech lager no doubt. Or is it just British stag parties who do that?!

  105. What makes the tournament so important?

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter in the Czech Republic

    "In addition to being crowned European champions, the four semi-finalists will also automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

    "However, this becomes slightly more complicated if England reach the last four, as they did in 2007 ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

    "England compete as Great Britain at the Olympics - although plans for GB teams in Rio have been scrapped - and so there would be a play-off match between the two sides that finished third in the groups."

  106. Full Danish

    Czech Republic v Denmark (17:00 BST)

    Denmark

    These are: Pierre Hojbjerg (7 caps), Viktor Fischer (7), Yussuf Poulsen (5), Jannik Vestergaard (3), Uffe Bech (3), Jonas Knudsen (2), Andreas Christensen (2), Riza Durmisi (1), Nicolaj Thomsen (1), Rasmus Falk (1)

  107. Post update

    Czech Republic v Denmark (17:00 BST)

    Here's the view from the press box captured by Uefa's man at the ground. It's starting to fill up now...

  108. Get involved

    #bbcfootball

    Uefa bills this tournament - rather cheesily - as somewhere where we can "see the stars of tomorrow, today". So we want to hear from all the football hipsters out there. Who should the rest of us be looking out for? Any Dutch Eredivisie trequartistas caught your eye? How about that Croatian creative midfielder you claimed is the new Zvonimir Boban?

    Get in touch at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area. You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  109. England expects?

    England

    What about the Home Nations? Make that singular. Only one of the British nations has qualified for the eight-team tournament - and that is England.

    Gareth Southgate's Young Lions, who begin their campaign against Portugal tomorrow, are among the favourites after breezing through qualifying. A top-two finish in Group B will seal a place in the semi-finals. Pass that stage and they can set their sights on becoming the first English team to win the tournament since 1984.

    Group A: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Serbia

    Group B: England, Italy, Portugal, Sweden

  110. Post update

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter in the Czech Republic

    "Traditionally this is an opportunity for us to take an early glance at some future stars, it is a compact and high-quality tournament that should provide plenty of entertainment."

  111. Post update

    Uefa

    Hello! Over the next fortnight we are going to see which nation lifts this little beauty and hopefully discover a Figo rather than a Drenthe in the process. The continent's most prodigious talents have flocked to the Czech Republic to take part in the biennial European Under-21 Championship.

    The action begins in under half an hour when the host nation, as per, have the honour of opening up the competition. Denmark are the opposition aiming to spoil the party, before Germany and Serbia arrive at 19:45 BST.

  112. Post update

    Royston Drenthe

    Has that picture of Andrea Pirlo - who hardly looks any different, except for the lack of face fuzz - helped you guess the link yet? Here's the clincher/curveball* for you. Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe, latterly of Sheffield Wednesday and Reading, can also be ranked alongside these illustrious names of world football.

    Got it? Yes? No? Voller, Blanc, Figo, Cannavaro, Pirlo, Cech, Mata and Drenthe have all been named as the player of the tournament at past European Under-21 Championships.

    Now it's time to find out who the next stars/unfulfilled talents of the future are....

    * delete as appropriate

  113. Post update

    Rudi Voller. Laurent Blanc. Luis Figo. Fabio Cannavaro. Andrea Pirlo. Petr Cech. Juan Mata.

    What have all of these men got in common? Yes, they are footballers. Yes, they are international footballers. Yes, they are world-class footballers.

    But there is something else. Any ideas? Here's a clue....

    Andrea Pirlo