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Germany seals Under-21 Euro title against Spain courtesy of a Mitchell Weiser header

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Mitchell Weiser’s stunning header was enough for Germany to see off title favourites Spain.

Spain were always the favourites as they had the likes of Saul Niguez, Marco Asensio and Gerard Deulofeu in their starting XI.
But Germany, who have the likes of eligible players Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Julian Draxler representing the full national squad at the Confederations Cup, had the better of the chances in the first half and their goal – an improvised header by Hertha Berlin’s Mitchell Weiser – was richly deserved.
Spain’s star-studded team struggled to find momentum at the beginning of the play and Max Meyer came very close to open the scoring as his flicked header struck the post. A bit later Gnabry came up with the 2nd chance but the Bayern man only managed to hit the side-netting.
Asensio and Deulofeu were looking likely to score for Spain as both of them were getting in pockets of space in the German defence but Marc-Oliver Kempf stepped in to cut out Asensio’s smart back-heeled ball towards his captain.

 

 

Germany were dominating in the first half and were deservingly presented with a goal. Mitchell Weiser was smart to nod Jeremy Toljan’s cross from the right flank, as it went in at the far corner beating Kepa.

The second half played out in a predictable manner as Spain hammered at Germany’s door, Saul bending an effort goalwards that Pollersbeck brilliantly palmed away.
Germany lacked quality in the final third as they had several chances to increase the lead and probably seal the match. But Kepa was up to the task as he denied Gnabry one-on-one and moments later Kempf sent a free header wide of goal.
Dani Ceballos, whose performances in this competition have reportedly alerted Real Madrid, almost scored a thunderous effort after beating three men and Deulofeu shot was excellently blocked by Niklas Stark.
As the time went by Spain were more desperate as they brought in the fresh legs of Inaki Williams to add more pace to the Spanish attack but the Bilbao man also failed to produce the equaliser.

 

The German centre defence duo had their best outing in the tournament and both Stark and Kempf looked solid at the back.
The time ran out and Spain’s efforts to level the scoreline came to nothing as Germany celebrate their Under-21 Euro title for the 2nd time after their success in this tournament in 2009.