EM: German U21 with title statement: Outstanding 6: 1 against Serbia
With six points from two games Cup defender Germany has best chances for the knockout round and thus the Olympic qualification before the final group match against Austria on Sunday.
The team of coach Stefan Kuntz presented itself against the highly-traded before the tournament Serbs for top striker Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt playful and ball safe. The again strong Augsburg Marco Richter brought the German team in the lead (16th minute) and prepared the second goal by Luca Waldschmidt from SC Freiburg (30). Once again Waldschmidt (37./80.), Mahmoud Dahoud (69.) and Arne Maier (90. + 2) made the other goals in front of 9837 spectators. Andrija Zivkovic reduced the penalty to 1: 5 (85.). Against Austria, Germany draws a draw for the group victory.
Sparkling, brave, full of joy in the game
"The fact that we are here with such a great victory is just great," said goal scorer Richter. "I like to give the title 'Man of the Match' to Luca today." Teammate Waldschmidt praised the whole team. "We did a good job with the whole team, and once it's done, it's fun for everyone, of course I'm happy."
Unlike in the nervous initial phase in 3: 1 to the European Championship opening match against Denmark, the DFB selection was fully there from the start. Sparkling, courageous, fast thinking and extremely playful - the Kuntz-Elf dominated the game. Serbia's Milan Gajic was in dire straights ahead of Richter, the two-time scorer from the opening match (8 '). Two minutes later Florian Neuhaus narrowly missed the goal.
Goalkeeper Jovic, who moves from Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid for more than 60 million euros, was completely deregistered during the German defensive to captain Jonathan Tah. And on the other side, Richter struck again: After a world-class pass from Levin Öztunali the Augsburg remained free before keeper Boris Radunovic cool and slipped casually to 1: 0 - his third tournament goal.
Break 3: 0 - lucky for the Serbs
Even after the 1: 0, the DFB junior remained attentive. Serbia did not come into play at all and barely had a constructive attack. After strong ball conquest of Neuhaus it went over Richter on the left as fast forward. Waldschmidt only had to push in his cross - it was the 750th international goal of a German U21.
But the Kuntz team still had not enough: Radinovic snatched a shot on goal with the hoe of Dahoud (35.). Shortly thereafter Waldschmidt completed after a run over half the space to 3: 0. Öztunali only hit the crossbar on his shot from the turn (42 ') - the Serbs were lucky that they were only 3-0 in the break.
After the break, it left the DFB team a little calmer. Keeper Alexander Nübel saved strongly against Jovic (53.) - it was the very first scoring of the Serbs. Offensive, the Kuntz selection but was still in Torlaune: Radunovic rescued against substitute Nadiem Amiri (63.). Against the shot from Dahoud from 20 meters, the keeper but then no chance, Waldschmidt even managed the 5-0. The late 1-5 from the penalty point did not change the clear victory.