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Monday, 22 June 2009

[Euro U21] Group B Matchday 3 Review

Group B - Matchday 3
GERMANY 1-1 ENGLAND
Orjans vall Stadium, Halmstad
Germany joined England in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship after the teams played out an engrossing draw in Halmstad that confirmed Stuart Pearce's side as winners of Group B. Germany needed a point to make certain of progress and three to overtake a much-altered England side, and the signs were promising when Gonzalo Castro slipped through to slide Horst Hrubesch's team into a fifth-minute lead. Despite their new-look lineup, England enjoyed the better of the opening period thereafter and drew level a minute before the half-hour when Jack Rodwell headed in from a corner. Both sides had chances to take all three points, but ultimately had to settle for one apiece.


FINLAND 0-2 SPAIN
Gamla Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Spain's European Under-21 Championship aspirations were ended in Gothenburg where an impressive, battling 2-0 victory against already-eliminated Finland came too late to revive their challenge. Spain's hopes of pipping Germany to Group B's remaining semi-final place were always slender. They needed to beat Finland, hope Germany lost to England and engineer a four-goal swing to have any chance of progressing – instead a draw in the section's other game proved their downfall. Spain went down with a fight, however, twice exposing Finland's weakness at set-plays. First, on 29 minutes, Marc Torrejon capitalised on the defence's failure to clear their lines to fire in. Then Pedro Leon, replacing Bojan Krkic in the starting XI, swerved in a powerful free-kick to make it two. Spain went in search of more, but even had they scored ten, it would ultimately have made no difference.

[Euro U21 Group B]

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