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Ten to follow from Under-19 finals

Published: Monday 20 July 2015, 9.20CET
UEFA.com's reporters pick out some of the players who have impressed in the finals in Greece, including Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos from champions Spain.
by Ben Gladwell, Andrew Haslam & Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
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Published: Monday 20 July 2015, 9.20CET

Ten to follow from Under-19 finals

UEFA.com's reporters pick out some of the players who have impressed in the finals in Greece, including Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos from champions Spain.

Marco Asensio (Spain)
From a wide position, his pace and skill was obvious from Spain's opening 3-0 defeat of holders Germany, and he delivered the cross that prompted Damon Mirani's own goal in the Netherlands game. Really shone in the semi-final against France, scoring two solo goals in the closing stages, each time belying the tension to beat Florian Escales with a cool finish, and supplied assists for both goals in the final win against Russia.

Dani Ceballos (Spain)
The heart of Spain's slick passing game in a playmaking role. He balances his attacking and defensive duties by pressing opponents on the ball and initiates attacks by supporting the forwards. His main assets are his passion and his hard work, none more so than in the 1-1 draw against the Netherlands which took Spain into the semi-finals.

Max Christiansen (Germany)
A substantial presence who, thanks to his physical strength and determination, recovered the ball most frequently in the centre of the pitch. Brought in after the opening 3-0 defeat by Spain, the Ingolstadt midfielder supplied strength and stability.

Joël Drommel (Netherlands)
Tested from day one, when he repeatedly denied Russia to help earn the Netherlands a 1-0 victory. Frustrated Germany's Timo Werner and Luca Waldschmidt on matchday two, but was beaten by Gianluca Rizzo a minute from time and powerless to prevent Damon Mirani's decisive own goal against Spain although his proactive goalkeeping, excellent reflexes and quick mind when marshalling his defence stood out.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)
The CSKA Moskva midfielder completed 90 minutes only once in the tournament but played a central role in Russia's progress to the final. Provided crucial assists for the second goal in the group stage win against Spain and the opener in the semi-final defeat of Greece.

Sascha Horvath (Austria)
The Sturm Graz midfielder was a constant outlet for Austria, playing all 270 minutes across three Group A games. Unable to add to his three qualifying goals, although his five shots offered evidence of his menace.

Konstantinos Kotsaris (Greece)
Kept a clean sheet in his first two games, against Ukraine and Austria, and some impressive saves spared Greece further damage against France and Russia. Strong in the air and good with the ball at his feet, the Panathinaikos custodian helped the hosts reach the semi-finals.

Samed Kilic (France)
Set up the opening goal in the win against Greece that secured first place in Group A with a typically pinpoint free-kick. The midfielder made 25 Ligue 2 appearances for Auxerre in 2014/15 and that brought that senior experience to bear with four focused, energetic displays.

Ramil Sheydaev (Russia)
The Zenit striker came into the finals having scored ten goals in qualifying yet passed up two presentable opportunities in the opening defeat by the Netherlands. That proved a rare aberration as Sheydaev scored the clinching third goal against Spain on matchday two before his semi-final penalty against Greece gave him a new record total for a European U19 Championship season.

Olexandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)
Zinchenko is a player who always wants the ball, and has the intelligence to find room on the field where he can receive it. His unpredictable movement and refined touch combined with his quick thinking make the FC Ufa midfielder an ominous challenge for opponents to keep out of danger.

Last updated: 14/07/17 1.30CET

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