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Germany bow out with victory against Russia

Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013, 19.55CET
Russia 1-2 Germany
Goals by Patrick Herrmann and Sebastian Rudy helped Germany fight back to defeat ten-man Russia in the sides' final game.
by Sam Adams
from Netanya Municipal Stadium

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RussiaGermany

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners3
 
8
Fouls committed15
 
5
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red Cards1
 
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Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013, 19.55CET

Germany bow out with victory against Russia

Russia 1-2 Germany
Goals by Patrick Herrmann and Sebastian Rudy helped Germany fight back to defeat ten-man Russia in the sides' final game.

Germany won the battle of Group B's eliminated sides as they finished their UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals with victory against Russia.

Alan Dzagoev fired Russia in front in the 22nd minute, but the double blow of Patrick Herrmann's equaliser and Georgi Schennikov's sending-off before the break took the wind out of their sails. Sebastian Rudy's 69th-minute penalty put Germany in front and although Fedor Smolov nearly earned Nikolai Pisarev's men a point late on, it was Russia who finished their campaign with no points.

Red cards have hurt Russia in this tournament and, following Nikita Chicherin's dismissal on Saturday, Schennikov had to depart six minutes before the break after fouling Tony Jantschke. Up to that point, they had looked clever and dangerous – especially through Dzagoev – even if Germany had cancelled out the PFC CSKA Moskva man's goal.

That opener arrived after Rainer Adrion's side failed to clear their lines and the ball, unfortunately for them, fell to Dzagoev. A rapid exchange of passes with Shota Bibilov and the player who made his senior debut against Germany in 2008 fired in left-footed from just inside the area.

Germany had come close to scoring themselves, with the industrious Kevin Volland not quite finding the finishing touch on a couple of occasions. He proved himself a precise provider, though, when he burst away down the left and crossed for Herrmann to tuck in a 34th-minute leveller.

Initially, the sending-off did not change the pattern of play in what had been an even game thus far. But Herrmann volleyed just wide soon after the break and only Aleksandr Flitsov's outstretched right leg stopped substitute Sebastian Polter as he bore down on goal.

Denis Cheryshev shot just over at the other end, but a minute later Germany were in front when Taras Burlak impeded Herrmann and half-time substitute Rudy stepped up to convert his second penalty of the finals. Patrick Funk brought the best from Flitsov, but Dzagoev was a whisker away from a superb second with ten minutes remaining as Russia pushed Germany to the end.

Fedor Smolov then hit the post with a fierce drive but it could not prevent Russia becoming the fifth side to gain no points at a finals since the onset of an eight-team group stage.

Last updated: 16/06/13 1.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000188/match=2010956/postmatch/report/index.html#germany+down+russia

Quotes

  • Rainer Adrion

    "It was a very tough match and close right to the end as they hit the post in the last minute. The team showed character to win this match even if they could not make it through"

  • Nikolai Pisarev

    "At this age, defeats are sometimes more use than victories and that will help them in the future"

Lineups

Russia

Russia

Germany

Germany

16
FiltsovAleksandr Filtsov (GK)
12
BaumannOliver Baumann (GK)
2
TsallagovIbragim Tsallagov
2
JantschkeTony Jantschke
3
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Red Card39
3
TheskerStefan Thesker
5
BurlakTaras Burlak (C)
4
SobiechLasse Sobiech
7
PetrovSergei Petrov
5
MustafiShkodran Mustafi
15
Belyaev Maksim Belyaev
Yellow Card87
8
RodeSebastian Rode
Substitution70
17
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
Yellow Card10
Substitution77
9
VollandKevin Volland
18
EmelyanovRoman Emelyanov
Yellow Card17
Substitution43
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby (C)
Substitution46
19
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
Substitution49
13
GinterMatthias Ginter
20
BibilovShota Bibilov
Yellow Card68
18
HerrmannPatrick Herrmann
Yellow Card32
Goal34
22
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Goal22
Yellow Card39
19
ClemensChristian Clemens
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
ZabolotniNikolai Zabolotni (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
12
KritsukStanislav Kritsuk (GK)
23
HornTimo Horn (GK)
6
KirillovYuri Kirillov
6
RudySebastian Rudy
Substitution46
Goal69
8
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution43
7
FunkPatrick Funk
Substitution70
9
PanyukovAndrei Panyukov
14
PolterSebastian Polter
Substitution46
10
SmolovFedor Smolov
Substitution77
15
KolasinacSead Kolasinac
11
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
16
SorgOliver Sorg
13
BryzgalovSergei Bryzgalov
17
RüdigerAntonio Rüdiger
14
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
Substitution49
22
CanEmre Can
21
ZotovAleksandr Zotov
23
NikitinAleksei Nikitin

Coach

Nikolai Pisarev (RUS) Rainer Adrion (GER)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Ivo Kolev (BUL), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Halis Özkahya (TUR), Ivan Kružliak (SVK)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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