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Euro U21 final as it happened



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2155: Nothing more needs to be said. That's the end of the football season proper, so have a rest, watch some tennis and enjoy a few stress-free weeks before we do it all over again. You've been a real pleasure. See you soon.
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From Pickles91 on 606: "Give them credit, getting to the final was a brilliant achievement. Pathetic display tonight, but it's nothing the regular team haven't done before. Fraizer Campbell's tackle and Joe Hart's antics now seem rather stupid."
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2146: The Germans go up and get their medals, complete with lots of hugging and joviality. Even Michel Platini looks delighted - does the man not remember 1982? Honestly. Captain Sami Khedira lifts the trophy and Germany are the European Under-21 champions. Congratulations, boys.

2143: The England boys walk through a German guard of honour, which is a lovely touch, and up some steps to shake hands with and collect their medals from the Uefa dignitaries, including president Michel Platini.

2141: The German boys are doing a lap of honour of the New Stadium in Malmo, carrying a banner which reads 'Thank you Sweden' - in Swedish, clearly. Watching Germans celebrate a crushing win over England never gets easier to see, it turns out.

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From George, Bristol, via text on 81111: "They haven't looked good tonight, but I think the young English lads can go home with their heads held high. It's been a long season for some of them and they have put in a very good showing in this tournament."

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BBC Radio 5's Chris Waddle: "Germany were very worthy winners, they stopped England's only real threat in the tournament - set-pieces - and from then on there was only ever going to be one winner."

2133: Full-time Germany U21 4-0 England U21
The best team won, there's not a lot more you need to say. Germany were comfortably superior on the day and they thoroughly deserve their first ever European Under-21 crown.

2131: We're into two minutes of injury time. It's Germany U21 4-0 England U21 and the German coach Horst Hrubesch is getting soaked by his enthusiastic players already.

2130: Good protocol from the Germans as they bring off Mesut Ozil and allow him the standing ovation which he hugely deserves, for a truly stunning display. Match-winner.

2129: Two minutes of normal time left and probably a couple of minutes of injury time too. Those boys in white will be desperate to get off that pitch in Malmo.

2126: This is painful. Next year, Germany. Next year.

2125: That is how to respond to missing a sitter - Sandro Wagner has kept his head up and scored a little beauty there. He has space to run at the England defence and bends a little cracker past the despairing dive of Scott Loach and into the far corner from 20 yards. Think Thierry Henry - stunning finish.

GOAL Germany Under-21s 4-0 England Under-21s

2124: There are seven minutes left, minutes that will be absolute torture for Stuart Peace. Torture.

2121: It hurts to lose to Germany in any sport at any level, but my word they can probably scarcely believe how easily they have won in the end tonight. England have had more possession, but the Germans have been miles more ruthless.

2119: You can't really argue with that, Germany have been by far the better team. Mesut Ozil, who I am now an enormous fan of, tries again with Sandro Wagner, playing his pal in down the left, and the striker takes his second chance in a minute, slotting between the legs of Scott Loach, who will want to forget tonight as quickly as possible.

GOAL Germany Under-21s 3-0 England Under-21s

2118: England bring on the enormous 17-year-old Jack Rodwell for Fabrice Muamba.

2117: What a miss. Mesut Ozil is played a lovely ball down the German left and he sends a gorgeous, inch-perfect pass across the goalline that is just begging Sandro Wagner to put it in - he doesn't, though, instead missing from a yard. Oh dear.

2115: Mesut Ozil wins a foul on the left of the area but instead of shooting Germany clip it into the England area - England win the ball back and break quickly and Theo Walcott is so close to being played through, only for Mats Hummels to get in a crucial block.

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From Steve, Sheffield, via text on 81111: "Just shove Micah Richards up front and anyone big on bench with him and have Theo Walcott do what he does best with James Milner in behind the 'strikers'."

2110: Another close call for England, as Lee Cattermole glances a header goalwards from a James Milner corner and Andreas Beck is in a good position on the line to clear the ball away.

2109: Germany bring on Daniel Schwaab for Fabian Johnson. We're more than halfway through the second half now, and the Germans still lead 2-0.

2108: All of England's good play is going through James Milner, but he slips in a good position 25 yards out. After his shootout penalty against Sweden, I'd have thought footwear would have been top on his list of priorities.

Yellow card
2106: Sebastian Boenisch is a lucky boy to only get a yellow for that - the left-back absolutely scythes down James Milner from behind and Stuart Pearce is apoplectic on the touchline. Haha, I remember Pearcey committing a few of them in his day...

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From Harry from Kettering, via text on 81111: "This game is just crying out for Jack Wilshere. A left foot to match that of the brilliant Mesut Ozil."
There's always another tournament, Harry. Always.

2102: Fabulous stuff down the England right from James Milner who bamboozles his man and beats him all ends up, racing into the box, but his ball along the six-yard box is flicked goalwards by Adam Johnson and it seems to hit the Boro man's other foot as Germany clear their lines.

2101: Half an hour left in Malmo and it's stick or twist for Stuart Pearce. Expect a change or two soon, he offered, hopefully.

2059: Better from England, much better. Michael Mancienne tees up Lee Cattermole to slam one in from 30 yards and having beaten Manuel Neuer, the ball clips the top of the German crossbar. Unlucky, son.

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BBC Radio 5's Chris Waddle: "Stuart Pearce obviously sees something in this team right here that we can't see, because they could play for another fortnight and they wouldn't score."

2055: Stuart Pearce is involved in a discussion with the fourth official but he does need to do something very quickly here, because England are not getting any joy whatsoever in the game right now.

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From hand_of_god86 on 606: "I don't understand why an attacking midfielder wasn't brought on at half-time. It was obvious for everyone to see England weren't creating anything with the current strategy. Pearce's tactical luck has come to an end."
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2050: If England come back from this, it will be an absolutely phenomenal achievement. Let's hope their heads don't go down after that catastrophic blow.

2048: That is an absolute disaster for Scott Loach - he must wish the ground would open up and swallow him whole. The fabulously gifted Mesut Ozil hits a speculative left-foot free-kick from 35 yards that swerves in the air and completely deceives Loach, who sticks out his left hand and watches on, aghast, as the ball bobbles over his line. Horror show.

GOAL Germany Under-21s 2-0 England Under-21s

2047: England start the second half as they did the first, with a free-kick from the left causing problems - but as Adam Johnson fired the ball back across goal, there wasn't an Englishman in sight and Germany clear easily.

2046: Michael Mancienne is brought on by Stuart Pearce at the interval, for Nedum Onuoha.

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From sandyblue, via text on 81111: "Perhaps its time to get Jack off the bench! It would be great if they could win this."
But is Master Rodwell what they need? Massive lack of bench options today.

2041: If England's game against Sweden reaffirmed anything, it is that football is utterly unpredictable no matter who is playing. Germany are strong favourites right now, but can we have a little more faith in our brave boys please? Come on England.

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From bobbyfletch85 on 606: "England can win this. Our players are have more bite, are quicker and pass much better. Germany keep missing passes, putting it out for throw-ins. With an extra man up front we can take the game to them. Muamba is doing a great job for us."
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BBC Radio 5's Chris Waddle: "Looking at the stats, England have had 60% of the possession, but they don't look like finding a way through. What we would give for a creative player in that midfield, someone like Mesut Ozil. That's what we're missing, as well as a presence up top."

2031: Half-time Germany Under-21s 1-0 England Under-21s
So, England are going to have to come from behind if they want to be named European Under-21 champions. That will not be an easy task - Germany have only conceded once so far in this tournament, to England in the group stage.

2027: Mesut Ozil, who has got a wand of a left foot, strikes a super free-kick from 25 yards that clips off Martin Cranie and flies a foot or two over Scott Loach's crossbar. What a player this boy could be.

2026: Germany just look so much more dangerous than England when they go forward. It's only 1-0, but you worry about them getting caught out when the Germans break because they do so with so much pace and skill.

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BBC Radio 5's Chris Waddle: "England are missing a physical presence up front, and Theo Walcott isn't it. They maybe need to drop him back, but they need someone up there - he doesn't even have to be the best player, just someone to occupy the defenders. I'd put Micah Richards up front."

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From redandblackT1899™- on 606: "Might be good if England were to lose this one... the last thing this fine crop of players need is the burden of the 'Golden Generation' foisted upon them by the media."
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2019: Sebastian Boenisch hits a piledriver of a left-foot shot from fully 30 yards, way out on the left, that flies past Scott Loach's left-hand post. Touch of the Roberto Carlos's about that one.

2017: England are passing the ball nicely, but they don't have a final ball - Adam Johnson and James Milner are buzzing around the flanks, but Theo Walcott is definitely isolated, he's out of the game far too often. At the moment, he is not a central striker.

2015: Oh God. Now I'm being blamed for Germany's goal because I told you the score at 2007. Unbelievable.

2012: James Milner has burst into life in the last couple of moments and this time he jinks past two players before his run is halted in the Germany area. One thing's for sure - Milner will not ever stop trying his heart out.

2011: James Milner collects the ball down the right and fashions a yard to whip in an excellent low cross, but Theo Walcott is standing still next to his marker and there's no-one else gambling, so it runs out harmlessly for a goalkick.

2008: Lovely stuff from the German playmaker Mesut Ozil as he finds a way through the England rearguard, moving from right to left and then slipping a lovely ball in for Gonzalo Castro to nick the ball past Scott Loach.

GOAL Germany Under-21 1-0 England Under-21

2007: We're halfway through the first half in Malmo and England and Germany are still locked at 0-0 in the European Under-21 Championship final.

2005: Adam Johnson goes on a direct run at the heart of the Germany defence but he's well-tackled on the edge of the area. Moments later and Theo Walcott goes on a run of his own, but they are no mugs these defenders and they get back in numbers to thwart the Arsenal flier.

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From Billy Athletic on 606: "Walcott's got no support in the box. If he's forced out wide, nobody from midfield is filling the gap. Walcott just chased down a pass only to find a white-shirt-free box when he turned round."
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2000: Lovely link-up play from Germany, with Mesut Ozil playing a one-two with Sami Khedira and Ozil's shot from eight yards being deflected wide by Micah Richards. Ozil had a lot of space on the edge of the England box there.

1957: Thanks to all of your Bobby Moore answers on a postcard, you know I was just playing... anyway, England are still enjoying the better of things in Malmo, but they will need to be careful not to leave Theo Walcott isolated up front.

1954: England are playing some nice stuff now - when they are in possession, they all look very comfortable on the ball. And it's not very often you can say that about an England team. Promising.

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BBC Radio 5's Chris Waddle: "England are trying that 60 or 70-yard pass already, but you can't keep going from back to front, you have to be brave and play through the midfield every so often."

1948: Theo Walcott collects a James Milner pass on the inside right channel but instead of looking up and playing it into the area, he rifles a shot past the angle. Good start from the men in white.

1946: Early warning shot for the Germans as James Milner whips in a free-kick to the far post and Martin Cranie, leaning back, nods over at the far post. The Germany coach said he didn't think set plays would be that important tonight, but we'll see about that.

1945: We're under way in Sweden's third biggest city. You learn something every day.

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From El™ Nino on 606: "I'm struggling to think of the last time a West Ham player captained his country to a final, Stevo, got any ideas?"
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No idea, fella, none at all. Should I throw it open?

1942: They're not two classic anthems by any means, but how can that not get you going? It's England v Germany, and it's about to get under way. I'm buzzing, and there isn't a vuvuzela in sight.

1939: To some fairly ropey Euro rock, the two teams emerge from the tunnel at the New Stadium in Malmo. It's anthem time, so say it loud and sing it proud...

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From Marc in Tooting, via text on 81111: "Sorry, Capello knew on Friday he would need to be in Sweden but he opted to stay in S Africa to watch a game he could've seen on TV. Poor show Fab, our boys deserve better."
They'll make him wish he was there. Come on England

1935: Our Psycho isn't the only coach with previous tonight. German gaffer Horst Hrubesch, a powerful centre-forward in his day, suffered defeat in the 1980 European Cup final as his Hamburg side went down 1-0 to unfashionable English club Nottingham Forest. Imagine? He made up for it only 25 days later, though, bagging a brace as Germany beat Belgium in the European Championship final in Rome.

1933: Them Germans, they love mind games don't they? Horst Hrubesch's team, given first pick as the designated "home team", have chosen to wear their red away strip, presumably so England don't get a 1966 World Cup final buzz. The crafty so-and-so's...

1930: After correctly predicting the Confed Cup final yesterday (I'm not even kidding), only a fool would expect lightning to strike twice. But here goes anyway...
Stevo's Predo: Germany U21 1-2 England U21 (aet)

England U21 coach Stuart Pearce: "Scott and Joe Lewis was my toughest decision, no doubt about it. The first thing Joe did was congratulate Scotty, which is exactly what I'd expect from him. I've had a text from John Terry and David Beckham and Ashley Cole have also contacted me today to pass on my best to the boys. It means a lot to everyone."

1927: Big night for Scott Loach as he is picked in goal for England in the absence of the suspended Joe Hart. But none of the players will be able to impress Fabio Capello - the Italian could not get a connecting flight in time from South Africa, where he was watching the Confederations Cup.

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From The Goalscoring Backside on 606: "There's only one person I'd rather have leading me into battle than Stuart Pearce tonight and that's Sir Winston Churchill. And as that isn't possible, that makes Stuart Pearce the only man suitable for the job."
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1921: Nick from Taunton, Demetri and Tom from the Midlands are pumped and primed - they're all texting in wishing Psycho's boys good luck. Remember, 81111 is the magic number. Come on England.

1919: But it's not about revenge, it's about exactly what Stuart Pearce has mentioned a million times over the past couple of years - laying foundations for the future success of the England senior side. "The message for the last two years has been that we have come here to win the trophy," said Pearce. "If we don't, no-one will talk about this tournament being a success and they shouldn't."

1915: This is what Stuart Pearce did say at his news conference with Germany coach Horst Hrubesch: "What's gone before is irrelevant. The only history we want to create is on Monday." He won't admit it, but Italia '90 and Euro '96 will be floating around somewhere in Pearce's thoughts right now. I know they are in mine.

1912: Excuse me? There's other sport going on? Right now? Oh for goodness sake. OK, pop along then - but we kick-off at 1945 BST, so I'll expect you back in plenty of time. It'll be your last football for a while...
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1910: I shouldn't even need to tell you this on such a big occasion, but please grace us with your involvement. It really is what Stuart Pearce would want you to do, and we should definitely always do what Stuart Pearce wants us to do. Texts to 81111, comment away on 606.
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1906: Germany U21s v England U21s line-ups:
Germany U21: Neuer, Beck, Howedes, Boateng, Boenisch, Hummels, Johnson, Castro, Khedira, Ozil, Wagner.
Subs: Fromlowitz, Aogo, Ebert, Marin, Schwaab, Grote, Adlung, Ben-Hatira, Schmelzer, Ede, Sippel.
England U21: Loach, Cranie, Richards, Onuoha, Gibbs, Cattermole, Muamba, Noble, Milner, Walcott, Johnson.
Subs: Lewis, Taylor, Stearman, Gardner, Rodwell, Tomkins, Mancienne, Driver, Rose.
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland).

1904: A very, very warm welcome to our coverage of the European Under-21 Championship final, as this continent's fiercest footballing foes go head-to-head in Malmo's New Stadium. Can England win their first tournament at any age group since 1993? Or will the curse of the Germans strike once again?

1900: Stuart Pearce might say history has got nothing to do with it, but I'm not sure who he's trying to convince. It's England v Germany, and Psycho knows better than anyone exactly what that means.

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see also
Germany U21 4-0 England U21
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Pearce's England banish penalty pain
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England U21 3-3 Sweden U21 (aet)
26 Jun 09 |  Internationals
England U21 1-1 Germany U21
22 Jun 09 |  Internationals
England U21 2-0 Spain U21
18 Jun 09 |  Internationals
England U21s 2-1 Finland U21s
15 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Pearce stands defiant on Walcott
09 Jun 09 |  Internationals
England U21 7-0 Azerbaijan U21
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