U-21 national team made it to reach the final of the European Championship for
the third time in a row. And 18-year-old rising star Florian Wirtz set the
course for victory early on.
comparison to the successful penalty shoot-out against Denmark DFB coach Stefan
Kuntz made two changes ordering Dorsch and Özcan into the starting eleven
instead of Stach and Vagnoman. He wanted the team to start in an aggressive way
and support the strikers in a way to create more opportunities than in the
this the team perfectly demonstrated from the start. Precisely after 30 seconds
Lukas Nmecha (playing in the Belgium league for RSC Anderlecht on loan from
Manchester City) sent a sharp low cross from the left wing into the box where
Florian Wirtz reached the ball with his toes milliseconds before goalkeeper
Justin Bijlow scoring the quickest goal ever in this competition.
team was shocked and had not even recovered when Wirtz scored a second time
(8.) with a precise right foot shot circled into the far left corner after a
pass from Ridle Baku. What a start for Germany – what a misery for the
another scene with Berisha’s free kick (20.) but the ball did not find the way
into the net - only hitting the cross bar. Then all of a sudden the Oranje team
also had a top chance but RB Leipzig player Kluivert could not control the ball
in front of Germany goalkeeper Dahmen (22.). The first half went on without any
break, Oranje started stronger, but without creating major danger in front of
Dahmen’s goal. Instead, the German selection remained dangerous. Unlucky
Berisha failed hitting the post twice within a few seconds (60th).
scene, the German selection seemed to have gained full control over the match
but castigated themselves with an unfortunate cross that went too far bringing
the Dutch centre back Schuur into a one-to one position with goalkeeper Dahmen.
And Schuur had his nerves well under control scoring for his team in the 67th
minute. This was a wake-up-call for Oranje
that showed now from minute to minute a better performance. However, what the
Elftal was missing today was creating danger in front of the opponents’ goal.
The match ended with a deserved 2 : 1 victory for Germany thanks to the man of the
match Florian Wirtz.