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Polanski gets Germany going

Published: Tuesday 23 May 2006, 22.24CET
Serbia and Montenegro 0-1 Germany
Eugen Polanski's superb strike from distance ensured a victory for Germany in the opening match.
by Kevin Ashby
from Estádio Cidade de Barcelos

Match statistics

Serbia and MontenegroGermany

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed23
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A FRA / GER / POR / SCG

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
France France11001013
Germany Germany11001013
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro100101-10
Portugal Portugal100101-10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Tuesday 23 May 2006, 22.24CET

Polanski gets Germany going

Serbia and Montenegro 0-1 Germany
Eugen Polanski's superb strike from distance ensured a victory for Germany in the opening match.

Eugen Polanski conjured up a goal worthy of winning any game as Germany opened the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 1-0 victory against Serbia and Montenegro in Barcelos.

Rasping drive
The VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfield player had been the scourge of the Serbo-Montenegrins at U19 level, scoring on his two outings against these opponents including one in last summer's European Championship, and proved so again as he collected a loose ball 35 metres from goal, charged forward and beat the hitherto untroubled Vladimir Stojković with a rasping drive from range in the 61st minute. The strike settled an even match, with Boško Janković having had the most presentable opening of the first half well saved by Michael Rensing in the Germany goal.

Captain missing
While Stojković was declared fit to captain his country, the Germany skipper Sascha Riether was not having been struck down by a stomach complaint. Dieter Eilts's side nevertheless began confidently, the diminutive Polanski in particular working busily without ever finding the pass to unlock a Serbia and Montenegro defence in which Milan Stepanov and Milan Biševac were towering. Lukas Sinkiewicz was equally impressive at the other end, not least when denying Mirko Vučinić as the US Lecce forward threatened to latch on to a delicious curled ball from the outside of Simon Vukčević's left boot.

Opening highlights
That was one of the highlights of an opening half-hour which brought plenty of graft but little craft, although an increase in the tempo from the team in blue brought the match to life. In the 35th minute, Vukčević darted into space out on the left to create a three-on-two situation, looked up and delivered a centre which Rensing was grateful to smother as Janković and Vučinić charged in. Moments later, the impressive FC Bayern München goalkeeper deflected Janković's goalbound effort after Vučinić's wonderful dummy had left Marvin Matip and his fellow defenders flat-footed.

Diving save
By the 48th minute, Rensing had been forced to show his full repertoire as he dived full stretch to tip away a free-kick from Vučinić which threatened to fizz into the far corner. That was to prove the closest the 2004 finalists would come as Polanski delivered a blow from which they could not recover. Stefan Kiessling could have doubled the advantage four minutes later only to scuff a shot from a decent position, while substitute Christian Eigler forced Stojković into a reflex save in the 79th minute just moments after coming on.

Hosts next
Germany, who remain unbeaten in two years, next face France on Thursday, when Serbia and Montenegro return to this stadium for what promises to be another testing engagement against the hosts Portugal.

Carlsberg Man of the Match: Lukas Sinkiewicz (Germany)

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.46CET

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Lineups

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

Germany

Germany

1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK) (C)
1
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
2
VolzMoritz Volz
5
StepanovMilan Stepanov
3
FathiMalik Fathi
6
BiševacMilan Biševac
4
MatipMarvin Matip
Yellow Card85
8
JankovićBoško Janković
Yellow Card23
Substitution65
6
SchulzChristian Schulz
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
8
LehmannMatthias Lehmann (C)
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution77
9
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
13
LomićMarko Lomić
11
RafaelNando Rafael
Substitution77
15
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution68
16
HilbertRoberto Hilbert
Substitution90
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
19
PolanskiEugen Polanski
Goal61
Substitution68
18
BastaDušan Basta
20
SinkiewiczLukas Sinkiewicz

Substitutes

12
JovićAleksandar Jović (GK)
12
PlatinsPatrick Platins (GK)
22
VujadinovićMiroslav Vujadinović (GK)
21
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
7
MilijašNenad Milijaš
Substitution68
5
BrzenskaMarkus Brzenska
Substitution90
19
TodorovićIvan Todorović
Substitution77
10
EiglerChristian Eigler
Substitution77
20
PurovićMilan Purović
Substitution65
14
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution68
3
TošićDuško Tošić
7
MasmanidisIoannis Masmanidis
4
RnićNemanja Rnić
13
HelmesPatrick Helmes
11
PavlovićMiloš Pavlović
15
MeierAlexander Meier
14
BabovićStefan Babović
17
OchsPatrick Ochs
16
RakićDjordje Rakić
18
NiemeyerPeter Niemeyer
21
BurzanovićIgor Burzanović
22
RietherSascha Riether

Coach

Dragomir Okuka (SRB) Dieter Eilts (GER)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Alex Verstraeten (BEL), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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