Germany and Portugal meet in the final of the European Under-21 Championship on Sunday after winning their semi-finals on Thursday night.
Florian Wirtz scored twice at the start for Germany, winner in 2017 and runner-up in 2019, in their 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
Germany took just 29 seconds to score in Szekesfehervar in Hungary, without the Netherlands touching the ball, ending a move after 14 assists.
Wirtz then doubled Germany’s lead with a low, clinical shot just outside the box from Ridle Baku’s beautiful assist.
Mergim Berisha hit the woodwork three times for the Germans, with his left foot, right foot and header, and although Perr Schurrs’ goal for the Netherlands cut the deficit in half, Germany held on. Well.
Earlier Thursday, in Maribor, Slovenia, a late goal against Spain sent Portugal in Sunday’s final in Ljubljana.
The two sides traded opportunities in the first half – Portugal’s Vitinha saw his long-distance effort denied by Alvaro Ferandez, while Brahim Diaz’s header flew just over the bar at the other end.
Marc Cucurella hit the post in the second half for Spain, while Diaz and Manu Garcia saw efforts fly away, but it was Portugal who took the winner in unfortunate circumstances for the Spaniards.
Vitinha’s long-distance pass found Fabio Vieira, whose cross deflected Jorge Cuenca and goalkeeper Fernandez.
Portugal are now in their third Under-21 final, having lost to Italy in 1994 and Sweden in 2015. Portugal also ended Spain’s 18-game unbeaten streak in this tournament. competition, including qualifying, dating back to a 3-1 group loss to Italy in 2019..
Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot said after the game: “We were ready to suffer without a ball against a fantastic team. I think the mental aspect was even more important than the physical part of the game today.
“We made the Portuguese proud. To be in the final is a proud moment, but we want more.”