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Spain and Germany goalless in opener

Published: Monday 15 June 2009, 23.30CET
Spain 0-0 Germany
The heavyweights opened their Group B campaigns with a stalemate at the Gamla Ullevi after Mesut Özil passed up notable chances for Germany.
by Andrew Haslam
from Gamla Ullevi

Match statistics

SpainGermany

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners4
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Sweden)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
England England11002113
Spain Spain10100001
Germany Germany10100001
Finland Finland100112-10
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Monday 15 June 2009, 23.30CET

Spain and Germany goalless in opener

Spain 0-0 Germany
The heavyweights opened their Group B campaigns with a stalemate at the Gamla Ullevi after Mesut Özil passed up notable chances for Germany.

Spain and Germany drew a blank in their first game in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B with neither side able to make the breakthrough in Gothenburg.

Cautious contest
In a cautious opening match both sides struck the woodwork, Spain's Marc Torrejón thumping a header off the crossbar and Marko Marin seeing a low shot clip the outside of the post, while Ashkan Dejagah and Mesut Özil also passed up gilt-edged chances to win the game for Germany. Spain had marginally the better of the opening half and Germany were on top in the second, but both sides struggled to create clear openings although Sergio Asenjo's crucial late stop from Özil means Spain will be more relieved with the point.

Long-range efforts
Juan Ramón López Caro had promised Spain would "play their own game" and his side were true to his word with their measured approach in sharp contrast to Germany's more direct style. José Manuel Jurado, Raúl García and Esteban Granero all tried their luck from distance inside the opening five minutes and that set the tone for the first half with both defences holding their opponents at arm's length. Torrejón did have to make two timely interventions to halt promising German attacks, though it was at the other end that the Spain centre-back nearly made his presence felt.

Woodwork struck
After Manuel Neuer had raced from his line to block after Raúl García's shot from a corner rebounded off Jerome Boateng, Torrejón was even closer from the resulting set-piece, rising to meet Granero's corner and powering a header against the crossbar. That escape sparked Germany into life, Özil wriggling free inside the penalty area and drawing a good stop from Asenjo before, with the Spain defence in retreat, Marin beat the goalkeeper with a low shot that struck the outside of the right-hand post. Five minutes after half-time Spanish supporters breathed a sigh of relief again as Ozil laid the ball into the path of Dejagah, only for the centre-forward to lift his shot into the crowd.

Fine save
With senior coach Joachim Löw looking on Germany had begun the second period on the front foot, Marin heading Andreas Beck's cross over although once again clear chances were proving few and far between. Bojan Krkić struggled to make an impression against the imposing Boateng, but it was a slip from another centre-back – Spain's Chico – that nearly brought the opening goal, Dejagah squaring for Ozil to round Asenjo, whose scrambled recovery gave him the chance to turn the striker's attempt over the crossbar with his legs.

Asenjo to the rescue
The introduction of Änis Ben-Hatira brought some extra invention to the Germany attack but perspiration rather than inspiration remained the order of the day and it was not enough to find a way through a Spain side who next play England at this ground on Thursday. Germany, who face Finland in Halmstad on the same day, might have won it when Özil raced through in the final ten minutes but again the alert Asenjo was equal to the task, ensuring both teams would have to settle for a point.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.28CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2009/matches/round=15086/match=304487/postmatch/report/index.html#spain+germany+goalless+opener

Lineups

Spain

Spain

Germany

Germany

13
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
3
MonrealNacho Monreal
2
BeckAndreas Beck
Yellow Card61
5
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
Yellow Card46
3
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Substitution38
6
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
7
SisiSisi
Substitution70
5
BoatengJérôme Boateng
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García (C)
Yellow Card90+3
6
AogoDennis Aogo
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution82
8
KhediraSami Khedira (C)
Yellow Card77
10
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
9
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Yellow Card16
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution87
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
14
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
11
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution70
15
ChicoChico
20
CastroGonzalo Castro
Substitution86

Substitutes

1
RobertoRoberto (GK)
12
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
23
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
23
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
2
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
7
EbertPatrick Ebert
Substitution86
4
Javi GarcíaJavi García
13
WagnerSandro Wagner
12
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
14
JohnsonFabian Johnson
16
MarcanoIván Marcano
15
HummelsMats Hummels
17
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution70
16
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
18
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
17
GroteDennis Grote
19
XiscoXisco
Substitution82
18
AdlungDaniel Adlung
20
Jonathan PereiraJonathan Pereira
19
Ben-HatiraÄnis Ben-Hatira
Substitution70
21
Adrián LópezAdrián López
21
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Substitution38
22
Pedro LeónPedro León
Substitution87
22
EdeChinedu Ede

Coach

Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP) Horst Hrubesch (GER)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Joël De Bruyn (BEL), Emil Ubias (CZE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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