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Clinical Germany set up final rematch

Published: Saturday 27 June 2009, 0.35CET
Italy 0-1 Germany
A long-range effort from defender Andreas Beck saw Germany into Monday's final against an England side that needs no introduction.
by Michael Harrold
from Olympia

Match statistics

ItalyGermany

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target11
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
7
Corners11
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 27 June 2009, 0.35CET

Clinical Germany set up final rematch

Italy 0-1 Germany
A long-range effort from defender Andreas Beck saw Germany into Monday's final against an England side that needs no introduction.

A long-range effort from defender Andreas Beck saw off Italy as Germany set up a repeat of their Group B meeting with England in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final.

Rivals meet again
Beck struck three minutes into the second-half and the goal proved enough to settle the semi-final despite a late flurry of Italy chances. Germany return to the final for the first time since losing 5-4 to England over two legs in the 1982 showpiece and will meet their old rivals for the second time in the tournament after drawing 1-1 in their final group match. The only sour note for Germany is that Ashkan Dejagah will be suspended for the Malmo showpiece after being booked here.

Quick pace
Fans in Helsingborg had watched the drama in the other semi-final in Gothenburg unfold on giant screens, and if the atmosphere fell flat following Sweden's elimination by England, it soon picked up as Germany and Italy tore at each other from the outset. Benedikt Höwedes gave early warning of what was to come as he headed over then Dennis Aogo's low shot was tipped away by Andrea Consigli.

Neuer saves
At the other end Sebastian Giovinco was soon making a nuisance of himself and Manuel Neuer somehow punched away his swerving shot and from the corner Neuer tipped Marco Motta's thumping header on to the bar. The Azzurrini captain soon went close again, his header saved on the line by Neuer before Robert Aquafresca's shot deflected to safety off the bar. Italy were the more penetrative and Mario Balotelli, back from suspension, sent a searing drive just over midway through the first half.

Livewire Giovinco
Both sides had been forced into changes in central midfield, with Italy coach Pierluigi Casiraghi bringing in Piermario Morosini and Antonio Candreva for the suspended Claudio Marchisio and injured Paolo De Ceglie. With Sami Khedira injured, Horst Hrubesch paired Gonzalo Castro with Aogo, but they were struggling to contain Giovinco's quickness of thought and feet. The Juventus player sent Acquafresca clear down the right and he squared for Antonio Candreva who stumbled with a clear sight of goal. On 39 minutes Giovinco picked out Luca Cigarini whose shot was bundled away by Neuer.

Beck strikes
The half-time whistle could not come too soon for Germany, but they assumed command soon after the restart. There seemed little immediate danger as Beck pushed down the right, but his swerving low drive from 30 metres eluded Consigli and curled in at the far post. The goal knocked Italy off their stride and Germany began to assume control in midfield, restricting the Azzurrini to long shots. Not until 17 minutes from time did Italy really threaten, substitute Änis Ben-Hatira clearing Marco Andreolli's header off the line. Four minutes later Neuer dived to his right to punch away Balotelli's free-kick as the chances kept coming, Andreolli sending a header just wide. Germany, though, held on and go into the final having conceded just once in four matches.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2009/matches/round=15087/match=2001196/postmatch/report/index.html#clinical+germany+final+rematch

Lineups

Italy

Italy

Germany

Germany

1
ConsigliAndrea Consigli (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
2
MottaMarco Motta (C)
Substitution86
2
BeckAndreas Beck
Goal48
3
AndreolliMarco Andreolli
3
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
4
CriscitoDomenico Criscito
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
5
MorosiniPiermario Morosini
5
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Yellow Card49
9
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Substitution79
6
AogoDennis Aogo
10
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
9
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Yellow Card20
Substitution86
15
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution90+1
16
CandrevaAntonio Candreva
Substitution68
11
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution54
20
BalotelliMario Balotelli
14
JohnsonFabian Johnson
21
CigariniLuca Cigarini
20
CastroGonzalo Castro

Substitutes

12
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
12
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
22
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
23
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
6
MarzorattiLino Marzoratti
7
EbertPatrick Ebert
7
AbateIgnazio Abate
Substitution68
Yellow Card90+4
8
KhediraSami Khedira
13
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
13
WagnerSandro Wagner
Substitution86
14
PisanoFrancesco Pisano
Substitution86
15
HummelsMats Hummels
Substitution90+1
17
PoliAndrea Poli
16
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
18
CerciAlessio Cerci
17
GroteDennis Grote
19
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
Substitution79
18
AdlungDaniel Adlung
23
DessenaDaniele Dessena
19
Ben-HatiraÄnis Ben-Hatira
Substitution54
21
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
22
EdeChinedu Ede

Coach

Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA) Horst Hrubesch (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Derek Rose (SCO), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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