Lightning struck twice for Spain as Álvaro Morata stepped off the bench and for the second game running won the holders three points. Julen Lopetegui's men looked set to be frustrated by a stubborn defensive display from Germany until Morata, a 72nd-minute replacement for Rodrigo, broke clear and scored the goal that not only secured Spain's place in the semi-finals but also confirmed Gemany's elimination after a second straight defeat in Group B.
Morata's record at U21 level is now two goals from two appearances. Against Russia he scored after 82 minutes; here he left it until the 86th minute before securing Spain's second 1-0 win of these finals. Beating Antonio Rüdiger out on the German right, he drove into the box and fired in a low shot that clipped the foot of goalkeeper Bernd Leno as it flew past him at the near post.
|1||Leno (GK)||1||De Gea (GK)|
|13||Ginter||10||Thiago Alcántara (C)|
|23||Horn (GK)||23||Joel (GK)|
|12||Baumann (GK)||13||Mariño (GK)|
|Rainer Adrion (GER)||Julen Lopetegui (ESP)|
|Pawel Gil (POL)|