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European Under-21 Championship

Orjans Vall (ATT 9,500) 22nd June 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Rasmussen

Germany U21 Germany U21 vs England U21 England U21

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Last Updated at 9:33 pm, June 22nd 2009

  1. Full-time. Germany U21s 1 England U21s 1. Pearce's side top Group B while their opponents are also through to the last four after Rodwell headed home to cancel out Castro's early opener.

  2. 90

    Two minutes of added time will be played.

  3. 89

    Of the stand-out performers of the evening, much of the plaudits should be handed to Rodwell, who has surely staked a claim for a place in the semi-final encounter.

  4. 85

    Aogo enters the fray in place of Ebert.

  5. 82

    We're into the latter stages here. A draw is also enough for Germany to book their place in the last four, so they would be happy for the full-time whistle to sound sooner rather than later.

  6. 78

    England go close to a second, again from a corner. This time Stearman is there at the back post and hammers a shot at goal. Neuer smothers.

  7. 74

    It is a rather stale affair at present. Walcott could do with some service. Germany coach Horst Hrubesch, meanwhile, looks peeved on the sidelines.

  8. 71

    Driver, who has enjoyed a sound outing, is replaced by Gibbs.

  9. 68

    Ben-Hatira is replaced by Marin.

  10. 66

    The action has gone a little flat. Walcott is cutting a lonely figure up top and he could do with some support.

  11. 63

    England defend in numbers before Germany work the ball to Ebert, who is lurking outside the area. He winds up but Rose is there to charge the shot down. The ball catches a deflection and Lewis is there to backtrack and save.

  12. 59

    In Group B's other game, Spain are currently 2-0 up against Finland.

  13. 58

    Campbell, who has worked tirelessly, is replaced by Arsenal forward Walcott.

  14. 55

    Rodwell makes another crunching challenge. He has all the promise of an excellent player. No doubt Pearce would take this 1-1 draw now. It would seal top spot.

  15. 52

    Germany win a free-kick in a dangerous position near the by-line but Ebert's effort is wayward and England restart with a goal kick.

  16. 49

    England have started as they ended the half with much confidence and eagerness. The future looks bright for English football.

  17. 46

    Lewis has entered the fray for the second 45 minutes, replacing Loach.

  18. 46

    England get the second half back under way.

  19. Half-time. Germany 1 England 1. Pearce's side have recovered well from their early setback and have impressed throughout the first period.

  20. 43

    Super sliding challenge from Rodwell breaks up a Germany attack. England then win another corner but Neuer is there to fist away.

  21. 40

    Everton youngster Rodwell impresses again as he skips forward before showing fast feet to beat his man. He winds up to shoot but rather slices the effort. Promising stuff though.

  22. 36

    Rose goes into the book. He looks all-but set to head home from just a few yards out but temptation gets the better of him as he sticks out a hand. Cheeky.

  23. 33

    England's goal will have given Germany a wake-up call. The Germans were guilty of taking their foot off the gas having gone in front.

  24. Gardness curls in a super corner and Germany fail to clear. Rodwell cannot miss as he heads in from only a yard or so out from goal. He is rightly delighted.

  25. 29

    GOAL - Rodwell scores for England!!!

  26. 28

    England's pace looks their best outlet. Germany do not look very speedy at the back. Campbell has worked his socks off so far.

  27. 24

    Germany are dangerous when they break. They have worked the ball swiftly when surging forward. Castro looks a promising player.

  28. 21

    Penalty claim from England. Stearman does really well to bomb down the right and he works his way into the area. He loses control of the ball and clumsily falls in the box, possibly looking for a penalty. The ref is having none of it.

  29. 18

    Much, much better from England. They are patient in possession with Johnson showing quick feet to work space. The ball is switched and Gardner rises to meet a cross, but his downwards header is straight at the keeper. Excellent passage of play.

  30. 15

    England win a corner and Gardner takes an in-swinging effort. Rodwell climbs but his header drops over the bar.

  31. 13

    England are struggling to retain possession with Germany harrying them at every opportunity. Pearce's young side look a little rattled.

  32. 10

    Rotten defending from England as Ozil easily runs at goal before hitting towards Loach. The shot catches a deflection and the scoreline remains at 1-0.

  33. 8

    England look to respond. To be fair, Pearce's side started well but were punished on Germany's first attack. There is a decent edge to the game, and the early goal has set up the match nicely.

  34. Mancienne's positioning is questionable as Castro is slipped through with ease. The youngster does well to calmly slot home with the outside of his boot. Awful start for England.

  35. 5

    GOAL - Castro scores for Germany!!!

  36. 5

    Driver does well down the right-hand channel, winning successive corners. Germany defend the first one well but make a mess of the second as Tomkins threatens to toe home.

  37. 3

    Bright start from England as Rose pings a low cross from the left into the area. But Neuer is there to smother at the feet of the lurking Campbell.

  38. 1

    Germany get the game under way, kicking from right to left.

  39. The two sides enter the field of play. Much debate rages over Pearce's team selection. Only time will tell if the gamble pays off...

  40. Not long until kick-off now as England look to secure top spot ahead of the semi-finals. Germany must also pick up a positive result to guarantee their place in the last four, with Spain, who play Finland, snapping at their heels.

  41. England U21 team: Loach, Stearman, Tomkins, Mancienne, Taylor, Driver, Gardner, Rodwell, Johnson, Campbell, Rose. Subs: Hart, Cranie, Onuoha, Richards, Gibbs, Cattermole, Noble, Muamba, Walcott, Lewis.

  42. Germany U21 team: Neuer, Beck, Howedes, Boateng, Schmelzer, Castro, Khedira, Ebert, Ben-Hatira, Ozil, Dejagah. Subs: Fromlowitz, Aogo, Johnson, Hummels, Schwaab, Grote, Adlung, Ede, Marin, Wagner, Sippel.

  43. England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce makes 10 changes to his starting line-up for the Group B clash against Germany in Halmstad. Pearce's youngsters have already secured a European Championship semi-final place so players are rested, despite the intense traditional rivalry against Germany. Only Adam Johnson remains from the Spain victory last week, while Theo Walcott is on the bench at Orjans Vall on the west coast to Sweden. Scott Loach is preferred to Joe Lewis in goal, Andrew Driver is given his Under-21 debut and Fraizer Campbell starts in attack after two impressive substitute appearances. Michael Mancienne is back from suspension and takes his place in defence.

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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