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European Under-21 Championship

(ATT 20,000) 29th June 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: B Kuipers

Germany U21 Germany U21 vs England U21 England U21

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Last Updated at 10:02 pm, June 29th 2009

  1. FULL-TIME. Germany deservedly win to lift the trophy. Thanks for your views tonight. Stay with us for reaction.

  2. 90 (+2)

    England win a free-kick 35 yards out but Gardner puts his effort over.

  3. 90 (+1)

    Schmelzer shoots from the left side of the box but his effort lacks power and Loach easily gathers.

  4. 90

    Two minutes of time are added on. England just want it to finish.

  5. 89

    Ozil is replaced by Schmelzer and gets a standing ovation.

  6. 88

    Aogo hits a long ball to Schwaab on the right byline but Rodwell dis-possesses him.

  7. 86

    Wagner has been yellow-carded for his goal celebration. England are in a state of shock at present.

  8. 84

    GOAL - WAGNER!!!! Wagner gets his second of the night with a great effort from the edge of the box, curling his shot around the diving Loach. Great finish!!

  9. 83

    Hummels is replaced by Aogo.

  10. 82

    Germany win a free-kick to the right of the box but Rodwell heads the ball away at the near post.

  11. 80

    Richards puts a header from 15 yards out just wide after he met a cross from the right.

  12. 80

    Gardner comes on for Cranie.

  13. 79

    GOAL - WAGNER!!!! Wagner makes up for missing the sitter by scoring from 12 yards out on the left, slotting home through Loach's legs.

  14. 78

    Rodwell comes on for Muamba as England try to get back into the game.

  15. 77

    Ozil crosses from the left side of the box and tees up Wagner with a sitter at the far post but somehow he misses the ball from close range and it goes out for a goal kick. What a let off!!

  16. 76

    England are pushing men forward and almost get caught out but Wagner sends his left-footed effort from the edge of the box just over.

  17. 75

    Germany take the free-kick towards the far post but England break clear. They try and feed the ball through to Walcott down the middle but Boenisch intercepts.

  18. 74

    Germany win a free-kick 25 yards out on the left.

  19. 73

    Germany win a corner on the right. Ozil takes but Richards heads clear at the near post.

  20. 72

    Johnson takes the corner but it is over hit and Germany clear the danger.

  21. 71

    England press again and Johnson goes down in the box before winning a corner on the right.

  22. 70

    Johnson takes the corner on the right and Cattermole heads towards goal at the near post but Beck again clears off the line at the far post.

  23. 69

    Germany take the throw in but England clear. Milner then wins a corner on the right.

  24. 69

    Johnson is replaced by Schwaab for Germany.

  25. 68

    Beck puts in a dangerous cross from the right and Johnson has to put the ball out for a Germany throw in 10 yards out on the right.

  26. 67

    Germany take the corner and Ozil shoots from the right side of the box but his effort goes into the side netting.

  27. 66

    Germany's Johnson wins a corner on the right.

  28. 65

    England take the free-kick but keeper Neuer collects the ball in the box.

  29. 65

    Boenisch is booked for clattering Milner just inside Germany's half.

  30. 63

    England continue to press but Germany are holding firm.

  31. 61

    Cranie puts a good cross in from the right flank but Germany head away in the box. England press again and Milner crosses from the right byline. He finds A Johnson 5 yards out but his close range effort is cleared off the line by Beck. Unlucky!

  32. 60

    Ozil hits the free-kick but this time it hits the wall and England clear.

  33. 59

    Germany win a free-kick 35 yards out in front of goal. It is in a similar position to Ozil's last effort.

  34. 58

    England are pressing and Cattermole hits a long range effort from 35 yards which hits the German cross-bar and goes out for a goal kick. Unlucky!

  35. 56

    England are retaining possession but again can not find a way through.

  36. 54

    Johnson hits the ball into the box but Boateng heads behind. It should have been a corner on the left for England but the ref points to a goal kick. Things aren't going England's way.

  37. 53

    Milner is brought down by Boenisch to the right of the box for a free-kick to England.

  38. 52

    Germany's Johnson tries to get onto a cross from the left but Loach does well to gather the ball and clear.

  39. 50

    Germany come again but Castro is dis-possessed by Muamba on the edge of the box.

  40. 48

    GOAL - OZIL!!! Ozil hits the free-kick goalwards. It swerves in the air and Loach misjudges its direction and lets it in. He can only get his left hand on it. A disaster for England.

  41. 47

    Germany win their own own free-kick 35 yards out in front of goal.

  42. 46

    Walcott wins a free-kick 10 yards out on the left. Milner takes and the ball falls to Johnson near the far post but he can not direct his shot from 5 yards goalwards and Germany clear.

  43. 46

    Germany re-start the game.

  44. Mancienne is on for Onuoha as Pearce tries to get England back into the game.

  45. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 11/2 for an England win, 23/10 for the draw and 8/15 on for a Germany victory. On this showing you would say Germany will win but Pearce will be trying to fire his Young Lions up. I just think they are missing the presence of Agbonlahor up front.

  46. HALF-TIME. Germany go in a goal in front, they deserve their lead. Can Pearce's side come back in the second period?

  47. 45 (+1)

    Johnson tries to release Beck down the right flank but it is over hit and is an England throw in.

  48. 45

    One minute of time is added on.

  49. 44

    Germany take the corner but Hummels can not get his head on it at the far post and the ball goes out for an England throw in on the left.

  50. 43

    Ozil hits the free-kick towards goal but the wall heads it out for a corner on the left.

  51. 43

    Richards gives a free-kick away 25 yards out in front of goal for a challenge on Ozil.

  52. 42

    Beck gets onto a long ball on the right byline but Gibbs dis-possesses him and clears.

  53. 41

    England break forward but Cattermole is dis-possessed on the edge of the box.

  54. 40

    Beck plays Johnson in down the right flank but Gibbs makes a good challenge before Muamba wins the ball.

  55. 39

    England take the throw in but Germany win their own throw in in a similar position on the right.

  56. 39

    Cranie then Milner cross into the box before winning a throw in 15 yards out on the right.

  57. 38

    Ozil tries to cross from the left side of the box but England clear.

  58. 37

    Milner floats the ball into the far post towards Richards but Boenisch heads clear.

  59. 37

    Milner is clipped by Hummels 35 yards out for a free-kick in front of goal.

  60. 36

    Boenisch has a crack from 30 yards out on the left but his powerful left-footed effort goes wide of Loach's left post.

  61. 35

    Wenger crosses from the right flank into the box but it is over hit and goes out for an England throw in on the right.

  62. 33

    Germany play the ball into the England box but Loach is out quickly to collect.

  63. 33

    Johnson eventually has a shot from just outside the box but it is well wide of Germany's left post.

  64. 32

    England are keeping good possession but can not find a way through at present.

  65. 30

    Khedira tries to cross from the right but Gibbs puts it out for a throw in 30 yards out. Germany take and the ball eventually falls to Beck who shoots well over from 20 yards out on the right.

  66. 29

    Germany punt a free-kick from deep in their own half into the box but the ball runs through to Loach.

  67. 28

    Milner runs into the box but Boateng wins the ball and Milner goes to ground. He appeals for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

  68. 27

    Milner hits a powerful cross in from the right but there is no one there in the box and it goes out for a goal kick.

  69. 26

    England press down the right flank but Germany clear. The game is scrappy at the moment with neither team able to keep possession.

  70. 25

    England win a free-kick just in their half after Castro fouls Cattermole. They take put Germany punt the ball back to Loach.

  71. 23

    GOAL - CASTRO!!!! Castro puts Germany in front. Ozil makes a great run to the edge of the box and then feeds the ball to Castro on the left side of the box and he slots home from 12 yards, lifting the ball over the advancing Loach into the bottom right hand corner. Great move!! Can the Yong Lions again come back after going behind to a Castro goal?

  72. 21

    Beck gives the ball away to Walcott who runs into the Germany box but Hummels wins the ball and clears.

  73. 20

    Milner takes the corner but Germany clear and then clear Johnson's subsequent cross. Johnson then runs into the box with the ball and falls down under a challenge but the ref waves play on.

  74. 19

    England win a free-kick just inside their half. Cranie takes and Hummels heads out for a corner on the left.

  75. Ken has been back in touch to say: "Thank you for the answer. I lived in Germany for 15 years and in England for 3 years. This must be the first match that Germany has worn Red Jerseys against England. C'mon England!!!!" Thanks for getting in touch Ken, any more views / questions? Please e-mail me at steve.pass@bskyb.com

  76. 17

    Walcott wins a free-kick to the left side of the box. Milner whips the ball in but it is just wide of the far post and no one can get their head on it.

  77. 16

    Germany take the corner but Richards clears again. Gibbs is back on.

  78. 15

    Khedira plays the ball back from the right byline to Ozil 10 yards out from goal. He is unmarked and shoots but the ball is deflected off Richards for a corner on the right.

  79. 14

    Gibbs is down injured after being caught on the left knee by Wagner. He is now off the pitch getting treatment.

  80. 13

    Milner does well to get a cross in from the right byline but it lacks power and the ball rolls straight to the keeper. Unlucky.

  81. 12

    Noble is played down the left flank but Boateng shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

  82. 11

    Wagner hits the free-kick but his strike hits the wall and England scramble the ball away.

  83. 10

    Germany win a free-kick 35 yards out after the ball catches Muamba on the arm.

  84. 9

    England are retaining good possession but no more chances yet.

  85. 7

    Noble tries to unleash Walcott down the right flank but the Arsenal star can not get to the ball and it runs out for a goal kick.

  86. 6

    No more chances yet as the teams cancel each other out.

  87. Ken - In answer to your question, Germany have opted to keep their red kit after it proved successful for them in their semi-final.

  88. 4

    Germany press down the left flank but England hold firm. Hummels eventually has a shot at goal but his long range effort is wide.

  89. 3

    Cattermole feeds the ball into Walcott to the right side of the box but he puts his shot from 15 yards into the side-netting. This is a lively start by England.

  90. 2

    Milner fires the free-kick into the box but Cranie can not keep his header down at the far post and it goes well over.

  91. 2

    Johnson is caught by Germany's Johnson for a free-kick 10 yards out on the left.

  92. 1

    Johnson puts a decent cross into the box from the left byline towards Cattermole but Germany clear.

  93. 1

    England get the game underway.

  94. Ken Martin, of Japan, says: "I hope Watford's Loach can manage the pressure! Will someone explain why Germany were allowed, as the "home squad" to wear their away Red kit? Thank You!" Can anyone help Ken out there?

  95. The players are out on the pitch for the national anthems - we'll soon be underway!

  96. FIRST VIEW - Shaun Gibbs of Manchester says: "I'm glad to see Walcott is starting up front. England to win 1-0 with Milner to score on his final game for the U21's!!" Great minds think alike Shaun....Thanks for your view. Any more? Please send them to steve.pass@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

  97. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 5/4 for an England win, 2/1 for the draw and 2/1 for a Germany victory. I'm going for a narrow 1-0 England win, which pays 5/1. I also think Milner will get the all-important goal at 8/1. What are your views / predictions for tonight's game? Please send them to steve.pass@bskyb.com

  98. Referee - Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

  99. Teams - 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.

  100. Pearce has made two changes to the starting line-up, with Scott Loach coming in for the suspended Joe Hart, while Adam Johnson replaces the suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor in the team.

  101. Teams - England: Loach, Cranie, Onuoha, Richards, Gibbs, Muamba, Cattermole, Noble, Milner, Johnson, Walcott. Subs: Lewis, Taylor, Stearman, Gardner, Rodwell, Tomkins, Mancienne, Driver, Rose.

  102. Welcome to Malmo where Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side take on Germany Under-21s in the final of the European Championships. Can the Young Lions bring home the trophy for the first time since 1984? Will it be as tight as the semi-final when Pearce's side won on penalties after throwing a three goal lead away? Please send your views and predictions for tonight's game to steve.pass@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening,

Matches

Tables

European Under-21 Championship Group A

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 3 7
2 Norway U21 3 5
3 Israel U21 3 4
4 England U21 3 0

European Under-21 Championship Group B

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 3 9
2 Holland U21 3 6
3 Germany U21 3 3
4 Russia U21 3 0