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After the senior team which constituted of reserves led their country to the Confederations Cup final, a day after the young prodigies exhibited the depth and talent the German football have got and how well structured and sorted out the administration is by producing such profound quality of footballers for some years now. Against a rugged Spain squad consisting of names like Saul Niguez, Hector Bellerin, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos and Gerard Deulofeu the Germans were deemed as underdogs going into the match but they turned this Spain side upside down with their approach and execution on the field. Replicating the feat achieved by the class 0f 2009 consisting of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels which won this competition this German young side did send out some messages that their future is in safe hands. The game was sealed by a Mitchell Weiser header who was brought into the squad in place of competition top scorer David Selke who sat out due to foot injury.
Germany u21 was an oiled machine against Spain yesterday quick to transition defensively and limited spaces in the midfield, got to say that Toljan-Gerhardt are top fullbacks. Julian Pollersbeck was heavily involved at the back whenever Germany was in possession he would practically act as a centre back for them and absorb the pressure created by Spain frontline. The Germans started the half pretty well with Weiser forcing a reflex save from Kepa Arrizabalaga before Schalke’s Max Meyer glanced a skillful header onto the post. A long range effort from captain Maximilan Arnold and a Hector Bellerin header both went over the bar, before Gnabry failed to capitalize when the ball fell to him in the box. The Germans were also aware of the individual brilliance of Asensio and Niguez and whenever they got the ball they were flanked by number of white shirts around and gave very little space away to them to counter their threats and keep the danger to a minimum.
They were finally rewarded 5 minutes before half time when a looping header from Weiser found the back of the net and the score at half time flashed 1-0 to Germany. The second half started with Spain passing the ball intricately to create something but could not break the German wall and one decent chance came off the Saul Niguez shot from distance. Serge Gnabry was presented a gift from Mex Meyer who delivered a juicy ball to him but he spurned this golden chance to seal the game, Ceballos and Deulofeu tried to have a go but were blocked out by resolute german defence. But despite having some Champions League and decent quality players in their ranks this was as close Spain could come and germans clinched the title sustaining late Spain surge. They were the first team to beat Spain and keep a clean sheet against them this tournament and this showed why they were the deserved champions of Europe. “A workman’s like performance,” said the ESPN commentators as Philipp was subbed off in the 88th minute. Mahmoud Dahoud did not feature again for the U21 side in the final but, nevertheless, ends his international summer with a trophy.