Monday, 29 June 2009

[Euro U21] Germany crush England in final

Germany claimed the UEFA European Under-21 Championship title for the first time with a comprehensive 4-0 win against England in the final in Malmo.

Germany 4-0 EnglandMesut Ozil teed up Gonzalo Castro - who had scored against England in the group stages - for the first on 23 minutes at the Malmo New Stadium, lifting his effort over the advancing Scott Loach.

Ozil then doubled Germany's lead soon after the re-start when Loach horribly misjudged his swerving long-range free-kick.

England refused to give up and Lee Cattermole hit the cross-bar with a long range effort before Andreas Beck twice cleared off the line from Adam Johnson and Cattermole.

Wagner then missed a sitter at the other end before atoning with a late quick-fire brace to complete a unique hat-trick of European youth titles for Germany.

Horst Hrubesh's side, who squeezed past Italy in the semi-finals, add the U21 trophy to those at U19 and U17 level they have collected over the past eleven months. On the route to those triumphs they beat the Azzurrini too - in the final and in the semi-final respectively.

Qualifying for the 2011 tournament in Denmark has already begun, with record five-time champions Italy set to play their first qualifier against Wales on 4 September. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary and Luxembourg are also in
Group 3.

[UEFA Euro U21 Championships 2009]

Source: UEFA

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