[Euro U21] Group B Matchday 1 Review
SPAIN 0-0 GERMANY
Gamla Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Spain and Germany drew a blank in their first game in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B with neither side able to make the breakthrough in Gothenburg. In a cautious opening match both sides struck the woodwork, Spain's Marc Torrejon thumping a header off the crossbar and Marko Marin seeing a low shot clip the outside of the post, while Ashkan Dejagah and Mesut Ozil also passed up gilt-edged chances to win the game for Germany. Spain had marginally the better of the opening half and Germany were on top in the second, but both sides struggled to create clear openings although Sergio Asenjo's crucial late stop from Ozil means Spain will be more relieved with the point.
ENGLAND 2-1 FINLAND
Orjans vall Stadium, Halmstad
Micah Richards headed a second-half winner as ten-man England got their campaign under way with a 2-1 victory against Finland in Halmstad. Finland showed no nerves on their first outing in a major final tournament and were unlucky to fall behind to Lee Cattermole's scuffed opener with 15 minutes played. The Nordic side drew level after 33 minutes when Tim Sparv – playing on home turf at Halmstads's Orjans vall – drilled in a penalty after Michael Mancienne had been dismissed for felling Berat Sadik. Richards had the last word eight minutes after the restart, however, to give England the early initiative in Group B.
[Euro U21 Group B]