- Germany topped UEFA Below-21 Championship winners
- Good warm-up for the Males’s Olympic Soccer Match Tokyo 2020
- Spain exit within the semis, France disappoint and Romania impress
The 2021 UEFA Below-21 Championship got here to an finish on Sunday, with Germany defeating Portugal 1-0 within the remaining. The event offered loads of tips on the type of the 4 European nations who will signify the continent on the Males’s Olympic Soccer Match Tokyo 2020.
FIFA.com critiques Germany’s run to the title and the campaigns of fellow Olympic hopefuls Spain, France and Romania.
Germany on high
Performed within the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, Sunday’s showpiece match was a primary, with Germany and Portugal having by no means beforehand confronted one another within the remaining of the competitors. Runners-up to Spain in 2019 – a event the place the 4 qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 had been determined – Germany added a 3rd title to their 2009 and 2017 crowns. Olympic silver medallists at Rio 2016, the place they misplaced to Brazil within the remaining, the Germans will head to Japan filled with confidence. Their opening sport at Tokyo 2020 will come in opposition to A Seleção on 22 July.
Stefan Kuntz’s costs received off to a reasonably sluggish begin within the competitors, successful simply one among their group video games and drawing the opposite two. Denmark took all of them the way in which within the quarter-finals, with the Germans successful 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after additional time. Kuntz’s males then edged out the Netherlands 2-1 within the semis.
Within the remaining, they gave few alternatives to a Portugal facet that had scored 12 targets to that time, greater than some other facet within the event. Harmful on the break, Germany secured victory firstly of the second half, with Lukas Nmecha scoring from a intelligent help by man of the match Ridle Baku. Nmecha completed the competitors as high scorer with 4 targets, whereas Baku’s three assists had been additionally a event excessive.
Spain fall quick in document bid
Defending champions Spain topped their group forward of Italy and took on Croatia within the quarter-finals. After conceding a late penalty, Luis de la Fuente’s facet ultimately accomplished a 2-1 win in extra-time to advance to the final 4. Ready for them there have been neighbours Portugal, who stopped the Spanish from reaching their third consecutive UEFA Below-21 remaining courtesy of a late Jorge Cuenca personal purpose.
Spain stay tied with Italy as essentially the most profitable nations within the historical past of the competitors, with 5 wins apiece.
Bleuets off the boil
Crushed 1-0 by Denmark of their Group C opener, France bounced again with 2-0 wins over Russia and Iceland earlier than shedding 2-1 to the Netherlands within the final eight. “It’s an enormous disappointment,” stated Sylvain Ripoll on the finish of a sport wherein his facet opened the scoring earlier than the Dutch accomplished their comeback with a stoppage-time winner.
“We’re going to take a look at issues within the chilly mild of day,” added Ripoll. “Our activity within the days to come back will probably be to place collectively the simplest staff for the Olympics. Proper now, although, we have to be taught the teachings. It’s powerful to lose a match like that.”
Romania maintain their very own
Although Romania had been unable to repeat their 2019 run to the semi-finals, they impressed however by going unbeaten in a really tight Group A, the place they earned respective 1-1 and 0-0 attracts with the Netherlands and Germany and beat Hungary 2-1. Regardless of amassing 5 factors, they went out of the competitors on purpose distinction.
“I’m glad due to the perspective my gamers confirmed on the pitch,” stated coach Adrian Mutu after his facet was knocked out. “Our performances all through the event have been excellent. They surpassed themselves and gave their all, which is crucial factor in my eyes.”