The German U21 national team qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship as runners-up. In the final group game, despite numerous good chances, coach Stefan Kuntz’s team managed a 0-0 win against Romania, the best German goalscorer so far, Lukas Nmecha, missed a penalty (72nd minute).
With five points from three games, the DFB selection prevailed in Group A behind the Netherlands, who also qualified for the knockout phase in the parallel game with a 6-1 (1-0) over Hungary. From May 31, the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia will continue with the quarter-finals. The opponents of the German team will then be the group winners from group C, from which Denmark, France and Russia come into question before the last matchday on Wednesday.
In the first few minutes of the game, the Romanians succeeded in putting the German U21 under pressure early on and keeping the game balanced. Alexandru Matan had the first good chance of the game with a flick on the inside post (5th). After that, the DFB team pushed the opponent more and more into their own half. Defender Alexandru Pascanu cleared a lifted shot from Mateo Klimowicz just before the line (24th), and Pascanu also blocked a shot from Mërgim Berisha from close range (42nd).
So, despite the clear superiority of the German team in the end, the break went without goals. After the break, the move to the goal was initially missing, the Romanians got into the game better. Nevertheless, the German team had a great chance to take the lead when Adrian Petre blocked a free kick from Berisha in the Romanian wall with his hand. Nmecha took the penalty, but failed on the same post as Matan in first half (72nd).
A little later, Romania’s goalkeeper Andrei Vlad saved with a spectacular flight save against a shot by substitute Jonathan Burkardt (75th). Amos Pieper headed to the crossbar shortly before the end after a free-kick from David Raum (90th). But neither team managed to hit a goal.
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U21 European Championship Germany draw Romania quarterfinals