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Spain 2-1 Germany, Euro U-21 Championship Final: Initial Observations and Analysis

Germany are trying to win their second straight U-21 Championship.

Spain v Germany - 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Initial Observations and Analysis

  • Spain win their fifth Euro U-21 Championship, tying them with Italy for the most all time.
  • They weren’t perfect all day, but when Spain were rocking and rolling with their passing, they had Germany spinning in circles. It was impressive once they got going.
  • Germany’s inability to really get into the game for the first 15-20 minutes killed them. Fabian’s opener kept them chasing for the entire match, and they were really never able to recover.
  • Fabian and Marc Roca were terrific in the Spanish midfield. You can see why Fabian is so highly though of and why recent rumors of linked clubs like Bayern with Roca.
  • Germany will feel like they didn’t get enough out of their midfield trio of Dahoud, Eggestein, and Serdar in this one. Large spells of the match where they were completely invisible.


89- TOR GERMANY! Amiri takes a shot from distance that deflects off of a Spanish player and into the back of the net. Huge goal. Gives the German’s a lifeline.

83- Gah! So close for Germany. Waldschmidt misses from close range after being set up by Nmecha.

80- Soler almost made it 3-0, but his shot rattled the crossbar.

79- Germany brings on Nmecha for Eggestein to chase goals.

76- Wow. Spain just shredded the Germany defense, but Fabian’s shot from a tight angle rolls across the face of the goal.

74- Waldschmidt takes another big shot, but Sivera is there to block it.

73- Richter comes on for Oztunali to hopefully make a difference for Germany.

72- Spain brings on Mayoral for Fornals.

69- GOAL SPAIN. Oh, Nubel. Sure, the shot from Fabian dipped on him, but Nubel should’ve wrapped that one up easily. His dropped ball led to an easy tap-in from Olmo for the 2-0 lead.

66- Spain breaks free on a counter. Olmo’s shot is easily saved by Nubel.

64- Klostermann breaks free into the penalty area, but Vallejo clears it away for a corner before any more danger could happen.

63- Amiri shakes free in the Spanish penalty area, but he sends his shot way over the goal. It wasn’t even close.

61- Germany brings on Neuhaus for Serdar.

55- Spain make the first sub of the day, bringing on Soler for Oyarzabal.

53- Waldschmidt is finally getting more involved. He takes a shot from distance there that goes well wide, but it’s great that he’s involved.

47- CLOSE FOR GERMANY! Amiri’s shot from distance troubles Sivera, but Vallejo is able to clear it out moments before Waldschmidt gets there. Close.

46- The second half has kicked off.

Halftime Observations and Analysis

  • Spain was dominant early and thoroughly deserved that goal. Fabian’s shot from distance was perfect, and Nubel really had no chance.
  • Since that goal, however, Germany has really clawed there way back into this. Things are pretty level out there. Germany regained their composure and started building attacks to some success. The final ball has really been missing so far.
  • If the Germans want to get anything out of this game, they’re going to need to get Klostermann and Henrichs more involved in the attack.

Halftime: Spain 1-0 Germany

42- Vallejo makes a big clearance on a shot from Oztunali to keep the ball out.

37- Amiri and Henrichs sprint up the flank. Amiri drops the ball to Henrichs and cuts into the penalty area, but fullback’s pass back is intercept and cleared away.

33- Ouch! Big collision between Vallejo and Waldschmidt. Vallejo gets a yellow card. Boy. VAR reviewed it, and they’re not going to do anything. He’s lucky to not be sent off for that. Nearly a dropkick.

32- Henrichs with a silly foul out on the edge of the Germany penalty area, but Fabian sends the free kick high.

24- Germany get some possession around the Spain penalty area, but they’re really unable to do anything intentionally. A lot of blocked shots and passes end up falling to the feet of German players. Eventually, Oztunali takes a shot from a wide angle that’s easily caught by Sivera.

18- Another good play from Germany, and Amiri’s shot is deflected out for a corner. Waking up finally?

17- Germany get up the field in numbers. Amiri’s low cross misses Dahoud and rolls all the way out for a throw-in.

12- Spain are firmly in control so far. Germany are struggling to touch the ball.

7- GOAL! Spain 1-0 Germany. Fabian releases a fantastic strike from distance that curls around Nubel’s reach and into the back of the net. Just a fantastic goal. Tah should’ve done better in stepping to Fabian instead of continuing to back away.

3- Spain has held the ball for the opening three minutes, just passing it around. Probing, trying to find an opening. Germany finally gets the ball off their feet and pass it around themselves. Eggstein’s lofted pass ends up in the stands.

1- We have kickoff in Udine!


We have the lineups from both teams now.

Germany and Spain will face each other in the northern Italian city of Udine for the right to call themselves the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Champion. The match will take place at the Stadio Friuli which is the home of Serie A side Udinese.

There’s a lot going on in this one. Spain are looking to win their fifth U-21 Championship which would pull them level with Italy for the most all time. If Germany win, it will be their third victory, moving them into third place for the most all time. It would also be Germany’s second victory in a row.

At a minimum, you are getting to see some excellent young talent — albeit with no Bayern youngsters — on display if you check this contest out. If you’re looking to watch the Euro U-21 Championships, Live Soccer TV can tell you where to find them on television or streaming in your country.

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