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Title defence unsuccessful

The German U21 national team lost out 2-1 against Spain in the final of the European Championship in Udine on Sunday evening (30/06/19).

Defence of the title won in 2017 was the main objective ahead of the tournament, but the U21 national team missed out on their dream on Sunday evening (30/06/19). Stefan Kuntz’ side were defeated 2-1 by Spain in a repeat of 2017’s final, in which Germany prevailed with a 1-0 victory two years ago. This year however, the Germany side, which included Hertha’s Maximilian Mittelstädt, Arne Maier and Eduard Löwen, will instead take home a silver medal. The Hertha trio were unused substitutes in the final. Spain took the lead in the 7th minute through Fabián, before Dani Olmo doubled in the 69th minute. Nadiem Amiri pulled one back for Germany in the 88th minute but it was too little, too late. “The way that we didn’t give in is part of this team’s identity. It has to be said that we had no strong attacks in the first half,” explained Kuntz. “In the end we didn’t have the bit of luck on our side. Spain should be congratulated; they are the deserved champions of Europe. But we can go home proud of ourselves. As a coach, I can only be proud when I look at what the boys have done for their own development. Hats off to them,” continued Kuntz. A small consolation that Germany can take is the qualification to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 after reaching the last four.

Teams, 01.07.2019