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Germany's U-21 national team reaching the EURO Championchip final with a victory over The Netherlands

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Florian Wirtz showing his joy after his second goal in 8th min.  . .

(Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP - SDZ)

Germany's 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.

In 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 previous matches.

And exactly 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.

The Dutch 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 Netherlands.

Germany had 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 major scenes.

After the 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).

With this 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.


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