In what ended up being a tough day for Germany and Denmark, Bayern Munich midfielders Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Joshua Kimmich did not advance to the UEFA U21 European Championship Final. Germany lost to Portugal 0-5 in the afternoon on Saturday as Denmark lost to Sweden 1-4 in the evening.
Entering the tournament as a bench player for Germany, Joshua Kimmich started his third consecutive match in midfield along with Johannes Geis and Emre Can. Germany struggled without a playmaker in the hole, Portugal holding most of the possession and creating the most chances. By the end of the match Kimmich was the one directing the play at the back, but Germany could not muster a goal in the contest.
Højbjerg started his third match for Denmark after sitting against Germany in the group stage due to exhaustion. He was shuttling from box-to-box as Denmark's primary playmaker, but most of the attacks he started against Sweden did not turn into a chance to score. Denmark hung in the match before Sweden capped off the match with two late goals.
Neither Højbjerg nor Kimmich scored in the tournament, but both had a big presence in their respective midfields. With international duty done for the summer, both will return to Munich as Bayern their preseason for the 2015/16 season on July 1.