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U21 European Championship 2019 - Results: European Championship semi-finals Germany-Romania and Spain-France

As the first German U21 wants the team of coach Stefan Kuntz at the European Football Championship in Italy defend your title successfully. For this the DFB selection would have to first the preliminary round with the three opponents Denmark. Serbia and Austria survive as group winners or best of three runners-up and then prevail in the semifinals and in the final. Germany is not a top favorite in the tournament, but has quite a chance of the renewed triumph.

U21 European Championship 2019: All results of the Under-21 European Championship according to the schedule

To keep track of U21 European Championship 2019, read all the results and game info here European Championship The U21 men in the overview and learn how the teams have beaten in the group stage, the semi-finals and the final on June 30, 2019.

date round heading Result
Sunday, 16.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Poland - Belgium 3: 2
Sunday, 16.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Italy - Spain 3: 1
Monday, 17.06.2019 Group phase, group B Serbia - Austria 0: 2
Monday, 17.06.2019 Group phase, group B Germany - Denmark 3: 1
Tuesday, 18.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C Romania - Croatia 4: 1
Tuesday, 18.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C England - France 1: 2
Wednesday, 19.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Spain - Belgium 2: 1
Wednesday, 19.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Italy - Poland 0: 1
Thursday, 20.06.2019 Group phase, group B Denmark - Austria 2: 1
Thursday, 20.06.2019 Group phase, group B Germany - Serbia 6: 1
Friday, 21.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C England - Romania 2: 4
Friday, 21.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C France - Croatia 1: 0
Saturday, 22.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Belgium - Italy 1: 3
Saturday, 22.06.2019 Group Phase, Group A Spain - Poland 5: 0
Sunday, 23.06.2019 Group phase, group B Denmark - Serbia 2: 0
Sunday, 23.06.2019 Group phase, group B Austria Germany 1: 1
Monday, 24.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C Croatia - England 3: 3
Monday, 24.06.2019 Group Phase, Group C France - Romania 0: 0
Thursday, 27.06.2019 semifinal Germany - Romania
Thursday, 27.06.2019 semifinal Spain - France
Sunday, 30.06.2019 final

+++ 25.06.2019: Italy U21 coach Di Biagio resigns after EM failure +++

Italy Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio has resigned after his side's bitter debut. "We have done well in this European Championship but the result is painful and I am responsible," said Di Biagio on Tuesday after the Italians were sealed off in the group stage. The Azzurrini had hoped until the very last to move into the semi-finals as the best runners-up, but a 0-0 draw between Romania and France destroyed hopes.

Hosts and record winners Italy had played in the home tournament with numerous senior internationals, but had lost 1-0 to Poland and brought only six points in the group stage. The 0: 0 between Romania and France handed both teams to move into the semifinals. "Italy is eliminated by a draw with an announcement, the game ends as feared," wrote the "Gazzetta dello Sport". "It's a failure, that can not be denied."

+++ 25.06.2019: Difficult way from U21 into the A-Team: Four U21 professionals with Löw experience +++

The way from U21 to the senior team is tough. Of the 2017 European champions, six out of 23 players have so far been nominated by national coach Joachim Loew. Twelve out of 23 players in the A team have been used by the 2009 European Championship team over the years.

2017 U21 European Champions, who have already participated in the A national team (6): Serge Gnabry, Yannick Gerhardt, Max Meyer, Maximilian Arnold, Thilo Kehrer, Niklas Stark (without assignment)

U21 players from the current squad who have already played or been nominated for the A national team (4): Jonathan Tah, Lukas Klostermann, Benjamin Henrichs, Maximilian Eggestein (without assignment)

Fixed A national players who could still play for the Under 21s, but are not in Italy (5): Timo Werner, Julian Brandt, Thilo Kehrer, Leroy Sané, Kai Havertz

+++ 25.06.2019: Romania believes in victory against German U21 - Hagi: "Have Chance" +++

Despite their clear outsider role Romania's U21 national team is confident in the semi-final duel with Germany. "We have seen the Germans play, they are a really strong team, but we have our chance," Romania midfielder Ianis Hagi said before the match on Thursday (18.00 / ZDF) in Bologna. "We will go into the game with the attitude that we want to qualify for the final." Romania were drafted by France 0-0 in the European Championship semifinals.

Germany U21 footballers are defending champions at the tournament. Romania has built a talented team around the son of former world-class footballer Gheorghe Hagi and will face the semifinals of a U21 European Championship for the first time. "We always believed in ourselves, it was a tough group, but we knew we could do it," Hagi said. Romania let in the preliminary round - supported by the numerous Romanian fans at the tournament in Italy - among others, France and the highly traded Englishmen behind.

"The story continues," said coach Mirel Radoi. "No matter who the next opponent is, we give everything." Radois predecessor as Under-21 coach, Daniel Isaila, is convinced of a team's final debut: "Anything is possible, given the power and enthusiasm we've demonstrated, given the maturity of the game and the power of the group, we're up to it capable, "he prophesied.

+++ 25.06.2019: Before the semifinals: U21 plays Footgolf with children suffering from cancer +++

A few days before their European Championship semifinals, German U21 footballers welcomed a group of children with cancer and their parents to their team hotel. In a round of foot golf, a mixture of football and golf, the team of Stefan Kuntz had a lot of fun with the special guests. The visit to the hotel in Fagagna was part of the "heart show" campaign of the German U21. In recent years, the junior footballers have repeatedly visited social institutions or clubs.

+++ 25.06.2019: Broich about U21 player: "These are machines" +++

Former U21 international Thomas Broich is thrilled with the physical condition of the current junior footballers. "This is a difference like day and night, the boys are incredibly athletic," said Broich the Internet portal "Sport Buzzer". "These are machines, everyone is fast, well built, and the way they've learned to think football - in my day, that was a bit more improvised." Broich played as a professional among others at 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach. He is currently working for the U21 European Championship for the ARD as a co-commentator.

+++ 25.06.2019: Romania after 0: 0 against France German European Championship opponents in the semifinals +++

Germany U21 national team plays in the European Championship semi-final against Romania. The team of Mirel Radoi handed on Monday evening a 0-0 draw against France to the group victory and the first semi-final at an European Championship. The match will take place on Thursday at 18.00 in Bologna. The second semi-final of the tournament will be played on Thursday in Reggio Emilia, the two European favorites Spain and France, which was the best runners-up. Host Italy is eliminated from the tournament.

The Romanians around Ianis Hagi, son of former world-class footballer Gheorghe Hagi, had previously defeated Croatia and England. In the second game of Group C, the former retired England split 3: 3 (1: 1) of Croatia. Hoffenheim's Reiss Nelson scored (11th minute), James Maddison (48) and New Schalke Jonjoe Kenny (70) scored for England. Wolfsburg's Josip Brekalo (39./82.) And Nikola Vlasic (62.) scored the goals for Croatia.

Italy finished second in the group with six points and hoped to progress to the top of the top three. The draw, however, France comes on seven counters, therefore moved past the hosts and managed as the best second the leap in the knockout round of the tournament. Defending champion Germany had progressed on Sunday by a 1-1 (1-1) against Austria.

+++ 24.06.2019: Henrichs as lead singer: U21 celebrates semi-final with bus party +++

The German U21 footballers have celebrated the semi-finals at the European Championships with a loud party on the bus on their way home. On the return to the hotel after the 1: 1 (1: 1) in the last group match against Austria, which meant in addition to the semifinals and the Olympic ticket, sang and celebrated the team together. Fullback Benjamin Henrichs made the lead, all players in the squad and coach Stefan Kuntz were singled out individually.

"After the final whistle, it took a while until we realized the success," said Henrichs, who will miss the squad in the semi-final. "On the bus ride back to the hotel, we really understood that we had achieved something great, and then the music was turned up, sung and celebrated."

+++ 24.06.2019: U21 coach Kuntz has to rebuilt after suspension for Henrich's starting eleven +++

The German U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz has to rebuilt after the suspension for fullback Benjamin Henrichs in the European Championship semi-final. Henrichs saw his 1-1 (1-1) in the last group match against Austria on Sunday his second yellow card, for him could play the Berlin Maximilian Mittelstädt. "This is extremely bitter, but I have to accept that," said Henrichs. "Maxi Mittelstädt is ready, he will represent me well."

The teammates are not worried about the failure of the previous service provider. "It's of course annoying for Benny, but we as a team are trying to give him a game," said center-back Timo Baumgartl. "We have such a deep squad, we can catch such things well."

Also further personnel changes closed Kuntz, who had recently called twice the same starting eleven, not from. "A few guys are down, so we have to see how bad one or the other is," he said before the European Championship semifinals on Thursday.

+++ 24.06.2019: TV ratings: U21 beats for the first time the women's team +++

The German Under-21 national team has lured more spectators in front of the television for the first time than the women's national team at the World Cup. The EM-draw against Austria on Sunday evening on ZDF saw 6.97 million people and ensured a market share of 25.5 percent. The 3: 0 victory of the German women footballers in the second round against Nigeria had pursued the day before 6.49 million viewers (market share 39.9 percent). Both football games were each the most successful TV show of the day.

Last Monday, the women were in the lead in the TV quota. The World Cup victory against South Africa saw 5.98 million, the subsequent European Championship victory of young men against Denmark watched 4.92 million viewers.

+++ 24.06.2019: DFB Director Bierhoff hopes for a longer cooperation with Kuntz +++

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff relies on a longer-term cooperation with U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz. "Stefan we do not want to give up, so far, I hope that he sees the strengths of the DFB," Bierhoff said after the 1-1 German U21 at the European Championships in Udine against Austria. "Of course, we will always make him interesting offers outside the team that he appreciates the work at the DFB," added the 51-year-old.

With the draw, the German young football players made it to the semi-finals and qualification for the Olympics in 2020. Kuntz 'contract runs until the games in Tokyo, he did not want to comment on rumors about his future. "That's really not an issue for me now," said 56-year-old Kuntz, who became European champion two years ago with the U21.

Bierhoff described the possible interest in national coaches like Kuntz as an "award" for the German Football Association. "Because it shows that we do a good job and also choose the right coaches."

The DFB director praised the work of the former national striker and his coaching team. "I am very happy that he successfully continues this work at the U21, it simply shows its quality," said Bierhoff. "He just has communicative strengths, he's a great coach, and most of all, in such situations, he knows how the players tick and what's important in a tournament."

+++ 24.06.2019: German U21 is in the European Semifinals and solves Olympic ticket +++

Germany's U21 footballers have made it perfect in the semi-finals and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics with a draw in the third European Championship game. The selection of coach Stefan Kuntz handed on Sunday in Udine in the third round match a 1-1 (1-1) against Austria for the group victory. Thus, the DFB youngsters is the third time in a row in the semifinals of a U21 European Championship. The opponent in the match on Thursday is not fixed yet. Striker Luca Waldschmidt had shot the German team with his fifth tournament goal in the lead (14th minute), Augsburg Kevin Danso managed in front of 9100 spectators the equalizer (24./Foulelfmeter).

+++ 22/06/2019: Spain as the first U21 in the European Championship semi-final - Italy may still hope +++

Spain U21 national team is the first team in the semi-finals of the European Championship in Italy and San Marino reached. Hosts and record winners Italy finished Group A despite a 3-1 (1-0) win over Belgium only in second place and must hope to be the best of the three runners still make the leap into the knockout round. Spain drew 5-0 (3-0) against Poland and won the direct comparison in the semi-finals.

Spain, Italy and Poland were equal after three games with six points each. However, as Spain was ahead of Italy in a tripartite comparison, the Poles were eliminated. Last of the group was Belgium, which suffered defeats in all three games. However, Italy have only a relatively small chance of making the knockout round, as two teams have already scored six points in Group C before the last matchday.

Pablo Fornals (17 minutes), Mikel Oyarzabal (35), Fabian (39), Dani Ceballos (71) and former Wolfsburg Borja Mayoral (90 ') met for the superior Spaniard. Italy met Belgium with Nicolo Barella (44), Patrick Cutrone (53) and Federico Chiesa (89). The Belgians managed in the final phase only the interim goal by Yari Verschaeren (79). In injury time Isaac Mbenza saw the yellow-red card (90 + 3).

+++ 22.06.2019: German U21 wants to make perfect semi-final at European Championships +++

With the third victory in the third game, the German U21 footballers want to make the leap to the semi-finals at the European Championships in Italy and San Marino. Against Austria, the selection of coach Stefan Kuntz on Sunday (21.00 clock) in Udine already reach a point to progress. Thus, the defending champion would certainly group first and in the knockout round. Even with a narrow defeat and a simultaneous victory of the Danes in a parallel match against Serbia Germany would be group winners. But even a direct retirement or second place would still be possible. In second place, the Kuntz-Eleven would have to worry about Monday night for the semi-final move, since only the best of three second moves into the knockout round.

+++ 22.06.2019: Kuntz before European Championship duel with Austria: "Have it in your own hands" +++

U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz does not want to deal with the pitfalls of the mode and a possible retirement before the final European Championship group match against Austria. "We have it in our own hands, that's the best starting position you can have," said Kuntz before the match on Sunday evening (9 pm / ZDF) in Udine. With a win or a draw, the German U21 footballers would certainly be in the semifinals. In a defeat would threaten despite premature two wins and 9: 2 goals in two games premature Aus.

"We think we want to win our game or at least score points, so we do not have to rely on others, we have it in our own hands," said defender Timo Baumgartl: "If we beat Serbia's performance again, then we have a good chance to win too. "

Kuntz expects a strong opponent. "Of course, Austria can move into the semi-finals with a win," he said. Both countries associate a "positive rivalry". Also Baumgartl expects some explosiveness in the duel, in which Austria competes with six players from the two German Bundesligen in the squad. "It's about progress, the Austrians are our neighbors," said the Stuttgart.

+++ 22.06.2019: Austria U21 looking forward to Germany: "derby character" +++

For Austria U21 national coach Werner Gregoritsch, the duel against Germany at the European Football Championship is a game with "derby character". "My son plays in Augsburg with Marco Richter, and we have often sat together with the parents," said Gregoritsch with a view to his son Michael before the European Championship group game on Sunday (21.00 clock / ZDF) in Udine. "I wish him all the best, he can score many goals, but not against us," he said with a grin over Richter.

The development of Luca Waldschmidt, who was formerly teammate of his son at Hamburger SV, he had followed closely. "I am particularly pleased for her," Gregoritsch said about Richter and Waldschmidt. "They do not have such a big name, but they play rude and carefree here."

Austrian captain Philipp Lienhart is also in contact with club colleague Waldschmidt during the European Championship. "Luca has brutal quality, is very dangerous," he said.

He knows the German team very well, as he pursues the Bundesliga, explained Gregoritsch. "We know very well that the game against Germany is a very difficult task, because the team is very strong at the European Championship," he said. "We know that we are clear outsiders." Germany would already draw a group victory and thus secure semi-final entry.

+++ 22.06.2019: "Like a bad dream" - Early European Championship shocks England's U21 +++

England's Under-21 footballer and her coach Aidy Boothroyd have suffered harsh criticism after the early European Championship finals. "The old English history of tournament failure has again been a bad dream," wrote the Telegraph on Saturday after 2-4 (0-0) against Romania. With zero points after two games, the team has no chance of progress. "Two defeats, six goals conceded and a gruesome collection of individual mistakes", judged the "Telegraph".

Two years ago, England's football dominated in all age groups. The Young Lions were 2017 U19 European Champions, U20 World Champions and U17 World Champions, lost in the U17 European Championship final and retired in the Under-21 European Championship in the semifinals. This year, the U17 failed as the U21 in the group stage, for the Under-19 Championship and the U20 World Cup as defending champion, the team was not even qualified.

There was criticism after the U21, especially in the lineup of Boothroyd, who surprisingly not offered among other playmaker Phil Foden from the beginning. "Aidy Boothroyd's lineup poker fails, England's U21 flies out of the European Championship," wrote "Independent". Nonetheless, the 48-year-old declined to resign: "I'm not going anywhere, so if they do, they'll have to kick me out."

+++ 21.06.2019: Off for England and Croatia at U21 European Championship +++

England's junior football is eliminated at the U21 European Championships after the second defeat. In the second group match, the team led by Phil Foden of Manchester City defeated on Friday evening in Cesena against Romania in a turbulent final phase with 2: 4 (0: 0). George Puscas (76 minutes / penalty), Ianis Hagi (85.) and Florinel Coman (88./90.+3) scored the goals for the Romanians. Demarai Gray (79.) and Tammy Abraham (86.) were only able to equalize for England twice. Because France won against Croatia in the evening thanks to Moussa Dembelé's (8th minute) goal 1-0 (1-0), it is already clear that England and Croatia have no chance of progressing.

+++ 22.06.2019: German U21 opponents Austria does not want to be a "cannon fodder" +++

Austria has little hope for the knockout round before the final group match at the U21 European Championship against Germany. "I can judge it, do not want to be euphoric and knock big talk," said coach Werner Gregoritsch, who sees his team in a duel with the defending champion on Sunday (21.00 clock / ZDF) in Udine only as an outsider. "The Germans are sure that they will win the third game 6: 1, 3: 1, so we're more or less cannon fodder for them."

Austria has scored three points from two games in the European Football Championship and needs a victory against Germany to have one more chance of winning the semi-finals. On the other hand, the DFB-Elf will be enough to make it 3: 1 against Denmark and 6: 1 against Serbia. "They show everything that makes Germany, in terms of preparation, tactical variants and the play area," Gregoritsch praised the DFB selection.

+++ 21.06.2019: Expected teams in the U21 European Championship in the preliminaries Austria - Germany +++

U21 European Championship, preliminary round, Group B, 3rd matchday

Austria: A. Schlager (Linzer ASK / 23 years / 18 U21 internationals) - Friedl (Werder Bremen / 21/16), Danso (FC Augsburg / 20/11), Posch (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim / 22/9), Ullmann ( Linzer ASK / 23/16) - Ljubic (Sturm Graz / 22/10), Lienhart (SC Freiburg / 22/29) - Horvath (Wacker Innsbruck / 22/21), X. Schlager (RB Salzburg / 21/7), Balic (SKN St. Pölten / 23/4) - Grbic (SCR Altach / 22/18)

Germany: Nübel (FC Schalke 04/22/14) - Klostermann (RB Leipzig / 23/19), Tah (Bayer Leverkusen / 23/11), Baumgartl (VfB Stuttgart / 23/17), Henrichs (AS Monaco / 22/15 ) - Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach / 22/14), M. Eggestein (Werder Bremen / 22/13), Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund/ 23/19) - Öztunali (FSV Mainz 05/23/27), Waldschmidt (SC Freiburg / 23/12), judge (FC Augsburg / 21/6)

referee: Treimanis (Latvia)

+++ 21.06.2019: So pulls Germany's U21 in the European Championship semifinals +++

Before the final group match against Austria in the U21 European Championship Germany leads the group B with six points from two games. This is followed by Austria and Denmark, each with three counters. Since only the group winners and the best of the three runners-up, Germany has the semi-final entry and thus the qualification for the Olympics 2020 not yet sure. The events in the other groups could still be important. The possible scenarios before the last German preliminary round match on Sunday:

Germany (6 points, 9: 2 goals) comes into the semifinals ...

... in a win or draw against Austria as group winners.

... in a defeat with a maximum of one goal difference, if at the same time Denmark against Serbia wins, as group winners.

... in a 1: 3 defeat of Germany against Austria, Germany, Austria and Denmark would be in a three-time comparison with three points and 4: 4 goals equal. Then the lower total number of penalty points based on the yellow and red cards received in all group matches would determine the group victory and thus the semi-finals.

... in any other defeat against Austria, if Germany is the best runners-up. The best runner-up is determined by the following criteria: - higher score - better goal difference - higher goals scored - lower total penalty points based on the yellow and red cards received in all group matches - better ranking in the U21 coefficient rankings for the final draw was used

+++ 21.06.2019: U21 cheers with the "beer captain" - Waldschmidt: "Have a little fun" +++

Luca Waldschmidt and Marco Richter get along - not only on the pitch. Also their common predilection for Schlager unites the two offensive players of the German U21 national team and inspired them even to a common goal celebration. Based on the song "Bierkapitän" by Markus Becker and Richard Bier, the two footballers cheer at the European Championships with a gut gesture and an imaginary hat, which they draw in front of each other. "This is a catchy tune of us actually," reported the Augsburg judge on the history.

With a total of seven goals from two games, the two strikers are currently particularly successful at the European Championships - and so the "beer captain" is now running after the games in the cabin - supported by Schlager fan Timo Baumgartl. "If there's a bit of music going on we can have fun for a little while and be happy, but then things will continue right away," Waldschmidt said with a grin.

Even captain Jonathan Tah and Benjamin Henrichs, who are not usually on hit songs, sang one line or the other after their 6-1 success against Serbia. "We played that again for Baumi, Marco and Luca," reported Henrichs. Tah said, "I say so, I've been through it, it's not really my taste in music." Judge is nevertheless confident: "I think the two are getting on the taste."

+++ 21.06.2019: After the second victory: Free afternoon for German U21 players +++

U21 national coach Stefan Kuntz has promised his team a free afternoon with family and friends after a convincing 6-1 victory against Serbia in the second European Championship game. "It would be nice if many of the families I saw in the stands today would come to us tomorrow," said the 56-year-old after his junior footballer's second victory on Thursday. Previously, there will be a joint regeneration unit for the team. Germany's U21 have a good chance of winning the semi-finals and the Olympia ticket before the final group match against Austria on Sunday.

+++ 21.06.2019: German U21 with second victory in the second European Championship game - 6: 1 against Serbia +++

Germany U21 national team has after the second victory in the second European Championship game best chances to move into the semifinals and the Olympic qualification. The selection of Stefan Kuntz prevailed on Thursday in Trieste with 6: 1 (3: 0) against Serbia with the Frankfurt Luka Jovic by and has six points from two games.

Augsburg's Marco Richter (16th minute), three goalscorer Luca Waldschmidt from SC Freiburg (30./37./80.), Dortmund's Mahmoud Dahoud (69.) and Arne Maier (90. + 2) met in front of 9837 spectators the German football junior. Andrija Zivkovic converted a penalty for the Serbs (85.). The DFB-Elf reaches in the last preliminary round match against Austria on Sunday now a point for the group victory and thus the safe entry into the semifinals.

+++ 20/06/2019: Next German European Championship opponents Austria loses 1: 2 against Denmark +++

Austria's U21 footballers have received their first preliminary defeat three days before the European Championship duel with Germany. The European debutants defeated in Udine on Thursday evening with 1: 3 (0: 1) against Denmark. Both teams have three points in Group B with them. The German selection could raise their points account to six in the evening (21.00 clock / ARD) with a victory in the second European match against Serbia in Trieste.

Joakim Maehle (33./77.) And Andreas Olsen (90. + 3) scored the goals for Denmark. Jacob Bruun Larsen from Borussia Dortmund prepared the first goal. Philipp Lienhart from SC Freiburg equalized for Austria (47.), Christoph Baumgartner from TSG Hoffenheim also missed a penalty (73.). In Austria, a total of six professionals from the 1st or 2nd Bundesliga were in the field. Even Xaver Schlager, who is scheduled to change to VfL Wolfsburg, played from the start.

EM debutant Austria missed the second victory in the second European Championship game. At the start Austria won 2-0 against Serbia, Denmark lost 1: 3 against Germany. Only the group winners and the best of three runners-up make it to the semi-finals.

+++ 19.06.2019: Spain can hope for victory against Belgium on European Championship semi-finals +++

The four-time European Under-21 champion may continue to hope for a place in the European Championship semi-finals after a last-minute win against Belgium. The team around the Cologne football professional Jorge Meré sat down on Tuesday evening in Reggio Emilia with 2: 1 (1: 1) against Belgium. Spain have three points after two games and Belgium have not scored a point. Only the three group winners and the best of three runners-up move into the semifinals of the tournament in Italy and San Marino.

Dani Olmo had taken the Spaniards early in the lead (6th minute) before Sebastian Bornauw equalized for Belgium (24.). A late goal by Pablo Fornals decided the exciting game in favor of the Spaniards (89). A goal by the Dodi Lukebakio Dusseldorf had not counted because of an offside position (5th). Spain have to play against Poland for the group final, Belgium's final opponent is host and record winner Italy.

+++ 19.06.2019: Expected teams at the European Under-21 Championship in the preliminary round Germany - Serbia +++

U21 European Championship, preliminary round, Group B, 2nd matchday: Germany - Serbia

Germany: Nübel (FC Schalke 04/22 years / 13 U21 internationals) - Klostermann (RB Leipzig / 23/18), Tah (Bayer Leverkusen / 23/10), Baumgartl (VfB Stuttgart / 23/16), Henrichs (AS Monaco / 22/14) - Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach / 22/13), M. Eggestein (Werder Bremen / 22/12) - Öztunali (FSV Mainz 05/23/26), Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund / 23/18), judge (FC Augsburg / 21/5) - Waldschmidt (SC Freiburg / 23/11)

Serbia: Radunovic (US Cremonese / 23/13) - Gajic (Red Star Belgrade / 23/22), Milenkovic (Fiorentina / 21/6), Babic (Red Star Belgrade / 23/3), Bogosavac (FK Cukaricki / 22 / 10) - Lukic (Torino FC / 22/14), Masovic (FK AS Trencin / 20/8), Pantic (Partizan Belgrade / 22/10) - Zivkovic (Benfica Lisbon / 22/15), Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt / 21 / 12), Radonjic (Olympique Marseille / 23/8)

referee: Kovács (Romania)

+++ 19.06.2019: After defeat: Kuntz expected reaction from Serbia +++

U21-Nationaltrainer Stefan Kuntz erwartet vom nächsten EM-Gegner Serbien nach dessen Auftaktniederlage gegen Österreich eine deutliche Leistungssteigerung. "Ich denke, dass es morgen eine Reaktion des serbischen Teams geben wird, weil sie mit dem ersten Spiel nicht zufrieden waren", sagte Kuntz vor der zweiten EM-Partie seiner Nachwuchs-Fußballer am Donnerstag (21.00 Uhr/ARD) in Triest. "Wir müssen uns darauf vorbereiten." Serbien hatte zum EM-Start 0:2 verloren, Deutschland hatte 3:1 gegen Dänemark gewonnen.

Serbiens Sturm-Juwel Luka Jovic von Eintracht Frankfurt will Kuntz nicht besonders bewachen lassen. "Wir versuchen, zu verhindern, dass er zu oft an den Ball kommt", sagte der 56-Jährige. "Aber wenn wir uns alle auf ihn konzentrieren, werden die anderen Serben ein schönes Spiel haben." Generell will Kuntz nicht zu sehr auf den Gegner schauen: "Wir konzentrieren uns mehr auf uns. Wir schauen, dass wir so viel zu bieten haben, dass Serbien mit uns Probleme hat."

+++ 19.06.2019: U21-Profi Serdar vor Duell mit Jovic: "Keine Angst" vor einem Spieler +++

Die deutschen U21-Fußballer gehen zuversichtlich in das Duell mit Top-Stürmer Luka Jovic im zweiten EM-Vorrundenspiel gegen Serbien. "Ich glaube, wegen eines Spielers brauchen wir keine Angst zu haben", sagte Mittelfeldspieler Suat Serdar vom FC Schalke 04 vor der Partie am Donnerstag (21.00 Uhr/ARD) in Triest. Auch mit Jovic, der für eine Millionen-Ablöse von Eintracht Frankfurt zu Real Madrid wechselt, hatte Serbien zum EM-Auftakt 0:2 gegen Österreich verloren.

Innenverteidiger Timo Baumgartl lobte Jovic als "kompletten Stürmer". "Er hat alles von einem Topstürmer. Wir müssen gegen ihn als Team verteidigen, das geht vorne los", sagte der U21-Nationalspieler vom VfB Stuttgart. "Er hat eine sehr gute Qualität. Aber Serbien besteht noch aus zehn anderen Spielern", sagte der 23-Jährige.

Serdar erwartet von der deutschen U21 im zweiten Vorrundenspiel eine Leistungssteigerung im Vergleich zum 3:1 (1:0) gegen Dänemark. "Da geht noch mehr. Ich finde, der erste Auftritt war nicht so überragend von uns", sagte der 22-Jährige, der in der 79. Minute eingewechselt worden war. "Viele Mannschaften hatten im ersten Spiel, Probleme reinzukommen, und das hat man bei uns auch gesehen."

+++ 18.06.2019: Rumäniens U21 siegt gegen Kroatien - Wolfsburgs Brekalo verletzt +++

Rumäniens U21-Nationalmannschaft hat bei ihrer ersten EM-Teilnahme seit 1998 gleich einen Auftaktsieg gefeiert. Das Team um Ianis Hagi, Sohn des früheren Weltklasse-Fußballers Georghe Hagi, setzte sich am Dienstagabend in Serravalle in San Marino mit 4:1 (2:1) gegen Kroaten durch. Bei den Kroaten sorgte die Verletzung von Offensivspieler Josip Brekalo vom VfL Wolfsburg für einen Schockmoment. Er musste nach 14 Minuten verletzt vom Platz.

George Puscas brachte die Rumänen früh mit einem Handelfmeter in Führung (11. Minute), Hagi machte das 2:0 (14.). Nach dem Anschluss durch Nikola Vlasic (18.) erhöhten Tudor Baluta nach einem Fehlpass des Stuttgarters Borna Sosa (66.) und Adrian Petre (90.+3) erneut. Kroatien muss damit um das Weiterkommen bangen. Nur der Gruppensieger sowie der beste der drei Gruppenzweiten ziehen ins EM-Halbfinale ein.

Das zweite Spiel der Gruppe C bestreiten am Abend (21.00 Uhr) in Cesena die Mitfavoriten England und Frankreich. Deutschland war am Montag mit einem 3:1-Sieg gegen Dänemark in das Turnier gestartet.

+++ 17.06.2019: Deutsche U21 startet mit Sieg in EM +++

Ihren perfekten Start in die EM feierten die deutschen U21-Fußballer um Tor-Debütant Marco Richter mit einer nächtlichen Poolparty. Nationaltrainer Stefan Kuntz gab seinen Jungs nach dem überzeugenden 3:1 (1:0) gegen Dänemark das Go fürs nächtliche Bad - selbst mit ins kühle Nass springen wollte er aber nicht. "Meistens ist der Trainer die Spaßbremse dabei", sagte er schmunzelnd. "Bei den Temperaturen haben sie es verdient, dass man sie mal in Ruhe lässt." Der Sieg bedeutete für den DFB-Nachwuchs auch den ersten wichtigen Schritt in Richtung Titelverteidigung und Olympia-Qualifikation.

Vor allem einer hatte sich nach dem Auftakterfolg am Montagabend in Udine die Belohnung im Pool redlich verdient: Marco Richter vom FC Augsburg entschied die Partie mit seinem beiden Treffern (28./52. Minute). Das dritte Tor durch Luca Waldschmidt (65.) bereitete er vor. "Natürlich war ich sehr glücklich über die Tore. Ganz glauben konnte ich es auch nicht, es waren meine ersten EM-Spiele", sagte der 21-Jährige fast etwas schüchtern vor den vielen Mikrofonen.

Im fünften Länderspiel waren es die ersten Tore für Richter, der bis zur U20 in keiner DFB-Juniorenmannschaft gespielt hatte. "Marco hat sich diesen Startplatz verdient", lobte Kuntz seinen Matchwinner. "Er hat gezeigt, dass er in die erste Elf reingehört." Richter spielte für Hoffenheims Nadiem Amiri, der nach einer Verletzungspause noch nicht bei 100 Prozent ist. "Ich habe heute Morgen erfahren, dass ich spiele. Das war eine geile Überraschung", berichtete Richter.

Mit dem Auftritt des Augsburgers war Coach Kuntz rundum zufrieden, insgesamt war der EM-Auftakt des Titelverteidigers aber vor allem in der Anfangsphase noch ausbaufähig. "Man hat den Spielern angemerkt, dass die Frische für 90 Minuten noch nicht so vorhanden war", gab Kuntz zu. "Mit einem Sieg im Rücken läuft es sich jetzt leichter."

Mit seinen zwei Toren hat Richter den deutschen Nachwuchs-Fußballern zu einer optimalen Ausgangsposition im Kampf um den Halbfinal-Einzug verholfen. Am Donnerstag geht es im zweiten Vorrunden-Spiel gegen Serbien, das zum Auftakt 0:2 gegen Österreich verlor. Kapitän Jonathan Tah versprach: "Wir können alle noch eine Schippe drauflegen, das werden wir im nächsten Spiel machen."

+++ 17.06.2019: Niederlage gegen Österreich: EM-Fehlstart für Serbien und Jovic +++

Fußball-Nationalstürmer Luka Jovic hat mit Serbiens U21 einen Fehlstart in die EM in Italien und San Marino erlebt. Die Mannschaft um den Frankfurter Stürmer unterlag am Montagabend in der deutschen Gruppe B mit 0:2 (0:1) gegen EM-Debütant Österreich. Damit müssen die Serben, die am Donnerstag nächster Gegner der deutschen U21 sind, um das Weiterkommen bangen. Nur der Gruppensieger sowie der beste der drei Gruppenzweiten ziehen ins EM-Halbfinale ein.

Die deutsche Mannschaft von Trainer Stefan Kuntz startet am Montag (21.00 Uhr/ARD) gegen Dänemark in das Turnier. Stürmer Hannes Wolf, der im Sommer von RB Salzburg zu RB Leipzig wechselt, hatte die Österreicher in Führung gebracht (37. Minute). Später musste der 19-Jährige nach einem Foul verletzt vom Platz getragen werden, Serbiens Vukasin Jovanovic sah die Rote Karte (75.). Sascha Horvath verwandelte den fälligen Freistoß zum 2:0 für den Außenseiter (78.).

Österreich-Coach Werner Gregoritsch, Vater des Augsburgers Michael Gregoritsch, bot vier Bundesliga-Profis auf. Kevin Danso vom FC Augsburg, Philipp Lienhart vom SC Freiburg, der Hoffenheimer Stefan Posch und Mathias Honsak von Holstein Kiel standen in der Startelf.

+++ 16.06.2019: Titelverteidiger Deutschland startet gegen Dänemark in U21-EM +++

Mit der Partie gegen Dänemark starten Deutschlands U21-Fußballer am Montagabend in die Europameisterschaft in Italien und San Marino. Die Mannschaft von Trainer Stefan Kuntz strebt im ersten Gruppenspiel gegen die Skandinavier in Udine einen Sieg an. Nur die drei Gruppensieger sowie der beste von drei Gruppenzweiten ziehen ins Halbfinale ein. Weitere Vorrundengegner von Titelverteidiger Deutschland sind Serbien (20. Juni) und Österreich (23. Juni). Alle 23 Profis im deutschen U21-Kader sind fit, Jonathan Tah wird die Elf als Kapitän anführen. Bei Dänemark steht vor allem Offensivspieler Jacob Bruun Larsen von Borussia Dortmund im Fokus.

+++ 17.06.2019: UEFA-Panne: Video von Dänemark-Training veröffentlicht +++

Der UEFA ist vor dem EM-Spiel der deutschen U21-Fußballer gegen Dänemark eine Panne unterlaufen. Die Europäische Fußball-Union hatte versehentlich ein Video des dänischen Abschlusstrainings auf eine Plattform gestellt, auf die auch die teilnehmenden Verbände Zugriff haben. Die UEFA entfernte das Video nach einem Hinweis des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes. Der europäische Verband hat sich nach eigenen Angaben für den Vorfall beim dänischen Verband entschuldigt. Zuvor hatte am Montag die "Bild" darüber berichtet.

+++ 17.06.2019: Deutsche U21 startet mit Maier und Richter gegen Dänemark +++

Deutschlands U21-Nationalmannschaft geht mit dem Berliner Arne Maier und Marco Richter vom FC Augsburg in der Startelf in das erste EM-Spiel gegen Dänemark. Der defensive Mittelfeldspieler Maier ist nach seinem Innenbandteilriss im Knie rechtzeitig fit für das Turnier. Nadiem Amiri von der TSG Hoffenheim, U21-Europameister von 2017, sitzt dagegen in der Partie am Montagabend (21.00 Uhr/ARD) in Udine nach seiner Sprunggelenkverletzung zunächst auf der Bank. In der Innenverteidigung bietet Fußball-Trainer Stefan Kuntz neben Kapitän Jonatahan Tah den Stuttgarter Timo Baumgartl auf.

Die deutsche Startelf: Nübel - Klostermann, Baumgartl, Tah, Henrichs - Maier, Eggestein - Öztunali, Dahoud, Richter - Waldschmidt

+++ 16.06.2019: Voraussichtliche Mannschaften für Deutschland vs Dänemark bei der U21-Europameisterschaft in der Vorrunde, Gruppe B am 1. Spieltag +++

Deutschland: Nübel (FC Schalke 04/22 Jahre/12 U21-Länderspiele) - Klostermann (RB Leipzig/23/17), Baumgartl (VfB Stuttgart/23/15), Tah (Bayer Leverkusen/23/9), Henrichs (AS Monaco/22/13) - Maier (Hertha BSC/20/5) - Öztunali (FSV Mainz 05/23/25), M. Eggestein (Werder Bremen/22/11), Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund/23/17), Amiri (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim/22/19) - Waldschmidt (SC Freiburg/23/10)

Dänemark: Iversen (Oldham Athletic/21/12) - Kristensen (Ajax Amsterdam/21/22), Rasmussen (FC Empoli/22/17), Nelsson (FC Nordsjælland/20/16), Poulsen (Borussia Mönchengladbach/19/7) - Abildgaard (Aalborg BK/23/9), Jensen (Celta de Vigo/23/12), Billing (Huddersfield Town/23/8) - Skov (FC Kopenhagen/23/22), Wind (FC Kopenhagen/20/26), Bruun Larsen (Borussia Dortmund/20/13)

Schiedsrichter: Grinfeld (Israel)

+++ 16.06.2019: Gastgeber Italien mit perfektem Start in U21-EM: 3:1 gegen Spanien +++

Gastgeber Italien ist mit einem Sieg in die U21-Europameisterschaft gestartet. Der Rekordgewinner setzte sich am Sonntagabend in Bologna gegen Spanien mit 3:1 (1:1) durch. Dani Ceballos hatte die Spanier in Führung geschossen (9. Minute), doch Federico Chiesa (36./64.) und Lorenzo Pellegrini (82./Foulelfmeter) drehten die Partie noch zugunsten der Italiener. Im ersten Turnierspiel hatten Polens U21-Fußballer um den Düsseldorfer Dawid Kownacki in Reggio Emilia gegen Belgien 3:2 (1:1) gewonnen. In der Gruppe A mit Spanien und Italien wird das Weiterkommen für Belgien mit dem Fortuna-Profi Dodi Lukebakio nun ganz schwer.

Nur der Gruppensieger sowie der beste von drei Gruppenzweiten ziehen ins EM-Halbfinale ein. Aaron Leya Iseka vom FC Toulouse hatte die Belgier in Führung gebracht (16. Minute), Szymon Zurkowski (26.) gelang der Ausgleich. In der zweiten Halbzeit sorgten Krystian Bielik (52.) und Sebastian Szymanski (79.) für die Entscheidung zugunsten der Polen. Der Anschlusstreffer durch Dion Cools (84.) kam zu spät.

Titelverteidiger Deutschland startet am Montag in Udine gegen Dänemark in das Turnier. Am 30. Juni findet in Udine das Finale statt.

+++ 16.06.2019: Polen gewinnt zum Auftakt der U21-EM gegen Belgien +++

Polens U21-Fußballer sind mit einem Sieg gegen Belgien in die U21-Europameisterschaft gestartet. Im ersten Spiel des Turniers setzte sich die Auswahl um den Düsseldorfer Dawid Kownacki am Sonntagabend in Reggio Emilia mit 3:2 (1:1) gegen Belgien durch. In der Gruppe A mit Spanien und Italien wird das Weiterkommen für Belgien mit dem Fortuna-Profi Dodi Lukebakio nun ganz schwer.

Nur der Gruppensieger sowie der beste von drei Gruppenzweiten ziehen ins EM-Halbfinale ein. Aaron Leya Iseka vom FC Toulouse hatte die Belgier in Führung gebracht (16. Minute), Szymon Zurkowski (26.) gelang der Ausgleich. In der zweiten Halbzeit sorgten Krystian Bielik (52.) und Sebastian Szymanski (79.) für die Entscheidung zugunsten der Polen. Der Anschlusstreffer durch Dion Cools (84.) kam zu spät.

Offiziell eröffnet wird das Turnier am Sonntagabend mit der Partie des Gastgebers Italien gegen Spanien in Bologna. Titelverteidiger Deutschland startet am Montag (21.00 Uhr/ARD) in Udine gegen Dänemark in das Turnier. Am 30. Juni findet in Udine das Finale statt.

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