Germany U21 v Finland U21 preview

Germans and Finns go in search of first victory

Kanerva: Real belief

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Germany and Finland will be looking to get their European Under 21 Championship campaigns up and running when the teams go head-to-head on Thursday evening.

Germany are without a win after being held to a goalless draw in their opening match against Spain while Finland are without a point following a 2-1 defeat to group leaders England.

Finland, who were unlucky to lose to The Three Lions, are boosted by the return of star striker Berat Sadik following an ankle problem and coach Markku Kanerva claims confidence is high in the camp.

"We will go on to the pitch with real belief," Kanerva told Uefa.com. "We will have to play at least as well as we did against England, while also cutting out the mistakes that cost us so dear in the end."

Kanerva's counterpart Horst Hrubesch will make one enforced change with Marcel Schmelzer coming in for injured left-back Sebastian Boenisch, while a question mark hangs over Mesut Ozil (back) after he missed training.