Highlights: Spain U21 2-1 Germany U21

By on 30th June 2019

Spain have won the European Championship for the first time in six years following their 2-1 victory over Germany at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy on Sunday evening.

In what was a rematch of the final from two years ago, Spain came out on top this time thanks to strikes from Fabian Ruiz and Dani Olmo. Luis de la Fuente’s side had been the favourites heading into the final but it was actually England who were the pre-tournament favourites.  If you are looking to learn more about betting odds go to www.soccerbetting365.com/betting-guides/ for a complete betting guide. So if you would like to place some bets for the upcoming tournaments, it might be a good idea to get some additional knowledge on the topic as well. You will also find tips on betting strategy here, as oftentimes football matches can be quite confusing.

Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz gave the Spaniards the lead after only seven minutes with a 25-yard strike after the German defence backed away from the talented midfielder, who was voted as the player of the tournament. Spain dominated the possession and territory in the opening 20 minutes before Germany settled into the game, but this was the only shot on target from either nation in the first half.

Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos was another star of both the final and tournament in general, as well as club teammate Jesus Vallejo, was a solid captain from centre-back. Vallejo only debuted for Zidane’s side at the very end of this past season but could have a bright future around the corner.

Stefan Kuntz’s side tried taking the game to Spain at the start of the second half but they were undone on the counter-attack midway through the half when Dani Olmo cheekily rebounded home after Alexander Nubel had spilled Fabian Ruiz’s long-range effort. The Schalke 04 goalkeeper will be very disappointed with his effort. The 22-year-old became the first-choice goalkeeper at the Veltins Arena during the second half of this past season and is widely-expected to have a very bright future ahead of him. Given that he came through the same youth system as Germany legend Manuel Neuer, you can expect some comparisons in the near future.

Germany did score a consolation of their own when Nadiem Amiri’s 25-yard effort took a deflection off Jesus Vallejo to loop over goalkeeper Antonio Sivera with two minutes remaining. The 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder had a very good tournament down the right wing, threatening defences time and time again but he wasn’t the biggest threat in the final. At 22 years old and with more than 100 Bundesliga appearances to his name already, Amiri will now be looking to progress into the senior Germany national team under Joachim Löw.

Spain held on to win the tournament for a joint-record fifth time, along with Italy. La Rojita have won three of the last five editions of this tournament after their successes in Denmark 2011 and Israel in 2013. Their first success came in 1986 and 1998. They were well deserved winners of both the final and the tournament overall, dominating all of their games since losing 2-1 to co-hosts Italy in their opener. They rebounded from that to win their remaining group games 2-1 against Belgium and 5-0 against Poland. Spain then saw off France 4-1 in the semi-finals.

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