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Germany claim first Under-21 crown

Published: Tuesday 30 June 2009, 0.58CET
Germany 4-0 England
Mesut Özil set up two goals and scored another as Germany won their first UEFA European Under-21 Championship title in Sweden.
by Michael Harrold
from Malmö New Stadium

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Match statistics

GermanyEngland

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners4
 
5
Fouls committed16
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 30 June 2009, 0.58CET

Germany claim first Under-21 crown

Germany 4-0 England
Mesut Özil set up two goals and scored another as Germany won their first UEFA European Under-21 Championship title in Sweden.

Germany claimed the UEFA European Under-21 Championship title for the first time with a comprehensive 4-0 win against England in the final at the Malmö New Stadium.

Title hat-trick
Mesut Özil teed up Gonzalo Castro for the first goal on 23 minutes then scored the second with a long-range free-kick early in the second half as Germany avenged their defeat by England in the 1982 final. Stuart Pearce's side briefly rallied, but Germany's defence held firm as it had all tournament. Sandro Wagner's late double sealed a hat-trick of UEFA age-group titles for his country, adding the U21 trophy to the U19 and U17 gongs collected over the last eleven months.

Hummels key
Germany coach Horst Hrubesch had changed formation to accommodate centre-back Mats Hummels as a holding midfielder, and he was instrumental in breaking up play, twice making timely interceptions as England tried to release Theo Walcott. With Germany deploying just Wagner, in for the suspended Ashkan Dejagah, up front, England were struggling to break through a compact Germany midfield. Özil, though, was able to find space on 15 minutes and when Sami Khedira pulled the ball back it took an excellent block by Nedum Onuoha to steer his shot from danger.

Castro opener
Germany were soon ahead, with Özil the instigator. The Werder Bremen playmaker slipped Castro in beyond Martin Cranie down the left and, as in the 1-1 Group B draw with England the previous Monday, he touched the ball over the advancing Scott Loach and into the far corner of the net. England looked short of ideas and Walcott, used in a central striking role with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fraizer Campbell suspended, appeared isolated. Sebastian Boenisch shot narrowly wide then Özil had a free-kick deflected over, though the biggest cheer was reserved for the hosts at half-time.

Özil effort
The Sweden side that had lost to England on penalties in the semi-finals came on for a deserved lap of honour and a packed house rose to salute their new heroes. They had more to applaud three minutes after the restart when Loach, making his second U21 start in place of the banned Joe Hart, lost the flight of Özil's swerving 35-metre free-kick and palmed the ball into his own goal. Germany had scored at the same point against Italy in the last four, and with them having conceded only once all tournament, it was hard to see England getting back into the game.

Wagner encore
Lee Cattermole did beat Germany keeper Manuel Neuer from distance, only to skim the top of the crossbar, while James Milner cut the ball back for Adam Johnson whose goal-bound back-heel was blocked by Andreas Beck. Beck also cleared a Cattermole header off the line. On the break Germany threatened and Wagner should have touched in Özil's low pass with 15 minutes to play. Four minutes later he made no mistake, latching on to Özil's pass then firing between Loach's legs. There was still time for the forward to add the fourth with a curling shot which completed the scoring and the biggest margin of victory in an U21 final.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.56CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

England

England

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
22
LoachScott Loach (GK)
2
BeckAndreas Beck
2
CranieMartin Cranie
Substitution79
3
BoenischSebastian Boenisch
Yellow Card65
4
CattermoleLee Cattermole
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
6
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
Substitution46
5
BoatengJérôme Boateng
7
MilnerJames Milner
8
KhediraSami Khedira (C)
10
NobleMark Noble (C)
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Goal48
Substitution89
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
13
WagnerSandro Wagner
Goal79
Goal84
Yellow Card84
12
MuambaFabrice Muamba
Substitution78
14
JohnsonFabian Johnson
Substitution69
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
15
HummelsMats Hummels
Substitution83
17
RichardsMicah Richards
20
CastroGonzalo Castro
Goal23
19
GibbsKieran Gibbs

Substitutes

12
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
13
LewisJoe Lewis (GK)
23
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
3
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
6
AogoDennis Aogo
Substitution83
5
StearmanRichard Stearman
7
EbertPatrick Ebert
8
GardnerCraig Gardner
Substitution79
11
MarinMarko Marin
15
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution78
16
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
Substitution69
16
TomkinsJames Tomkins
17
GroteDennis Grote
18
MancienneMichael Mancienne
Substitution46
18
AdlungDaniel Adlung
20
DriverAndrew Driver
19
Ben-HatiraÄnis Ben-Hatira
23
RoseDanny Rose
21
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Substitution89
22
EdeChinedu Ede

Coach

Horst Hrubesch (GER) Stuart Pearce (ENG)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Joël De Bruyn (BEL), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Pedro Proença (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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