"We were a little bit better than Russia, so the result is fair," said Christian Wück of Germany's 1-0 victory over the 2013 winners, who head home pleased with their campaign.
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• Janni Serra's 68th-minute header against Russia sends Germany into their fourth U17 final
• Germany keep their fifth clean sheet in as many games in Bulgaria
• Christian Wück's side strike the woodwork twice in the first half
• Wück: "We were a little bit better than Russia, so the result is fair."
• Opposite number Mikhail Galaktionov is "happy with our results at the tournament"
Christian Wück, Germany coach
We are very happy to be in the final – it was a fair win. We had a lot of chances but scored [only] one. It was important for us to keep a clean sheet. The players are very tired, so we now have two days to recover, and we are pleased to play France in the final.
The plan was to use the flanks and to score a goal – that's what we did ten minutes from the end. It was a game for battling and not for playing. We were a little bit better than Russia, so the result is fair. We know France because we played them a year ago. We know their players, we have DVDs, and over the next two days we will work on that and on recovering from this game.
Mikhail Galaktionov, Russia coach
We wanted to win, we had the highest targets. This was one of the best games at this EURO. The Germany goal was clever, skilful. Our plan was not to sit back but to press our opponents. We succeeded – we had some chances, but unfortunately we didn't take them. I cannot criticise my team – on the contrary, I have to praise them.
We are happy with our results at the tournament. We are going to the World Cup, we gave some good performances, but we still have a lot to do – a lot to learn. The more we play in such high-level games against skilful opponents the better and stronger we will become. I want to thank all of the supporters who came today and who travelled to our other matches.