U21 European Championship: Germany and Italy in the quarter-finals – national teams

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The Azzurri are in the quarter-finals. © APA / afp / JURE MAKOVEC

Germany and Italy have made it to the quarter-finals of the U21 European Championship.

Totally relieved, Stefan Kuntz called his German U21s together after the trembling game in the quarter-finals in a circle. A few words from the coach were followed by the cheers of the young national players, who qualified for the knockout round of a European football championship for the fourth time in a row by beating Romania 0-0 at the preliminary round. However, the group won the group, with Germany in second place, Romania in third and Hungary in fourth.

The two U21 European Championship record winners Italy and Spain are also in the quarter-finals. The Azzurri won 4-0 against Slovenia in the evening, defending champion and co-favorite Spain beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in Group B. Giulio Maggiore (10th minute), Giacomo Raspadori (19th) and double goal scorer Patrick Cutrone (25th / foul penalty / 50th) scored for the Italians; Match winner Dani Gomez scored both goals for the Spaniards (69th / 78th). Group winner was Spain (7 points) ahead of Italy (5), the Czech Republic (2) and Slovenia (1).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UEFA decided to hold the competition in two parts. The group matches will take place between March 24 and 31, 2021, the final round from May 31 to June 6, 2021.

Author: dpa

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