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Germany complete comfortable Ukraine triumph

Germany 2-0 Ukraine (agg 5-0)
Captain Kevin Volland and Leonardo Bittencourt scored late on for Horst Hrubesch's side, easing Germany into the June 2015 finals.

Kevin Volland is congratulated after scoring the opening goal
Kevin Volland is congratulated after scoring the opening goal ©Getty Images

Germany completed a resounding UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off victory over Ukraine with the aid of two late second-leg goals.

Heavy favourites to book a place at next summer's finals in the Czech Republic following their 3-0 away win on Friday, Germany were heading for a goalless draw in the return encounter until captain Kevin Volland, unmarked, broke the deadlock in the 89th minute from Leonardo Bittencourt's left-wing cross.

Bittencourt, a substitute at the beginning of the second period, doubled Horst Hrubesch's side's lead in stoppage time, following up to score after Nikita Shevchenko had kept out a shot from Volland with his legs.

A disappointing night for Ukraine, who seldom threatened, was compounded by the dismissal of Oleksandr Karavayev in the dying seconds for a challenge on Max Meyer.

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