England-Germany: U-21 Euro Championship semi-final result
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England 2-2 Germany (Germany win 4-3 on penalties)
Germany once again broke English hearts in a semi-final penalty shoot-out as Nathan Redmond's saved spot-kick saw Stefan Kuntz's side reach the final of the 2017 European Under-21 Championship.
Redmond's penalty saved as Germans win through
With penalties required to settle Tuesday evening's first last-four tie after 120 minutes of action had brought a 2-2 draw in Tychy, Julian Pollersbeck kept out Redmond to clinch a 4-3 victory from 12 yards.
The defeat sees Aidy Boothroyd's Under-21s follow in the footsteps of England's seniors, who lost on penalties to Die Mannschaft at the same stage in both the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship.
Davie Selke had given Germany a 35th-minute lead, only for Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham goals either side of the break to put the Young Lions ahead and in sight of a first Under-21 Euros final since 2009.
However, Felix Platte headed in with 20 minutes left to force extra time.
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England vs Germany: 2017 U-21 Euros semi-final preview
The young England sides are having a good time of things recently and this under-21 version will be hoping they can emulate the success of the under-20s by winning their summer tournament of the World Cup variety. But they come up against one of the pre-tournament favourites in their old foes, Germany.
This match up brings back many memories and any Englishman would love to get one over on the Germans. For all the good signs shown so far by the young lions, this is clearly the toughest test so for and they are potentially going to be without Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Redmond who are both doubts. Aidy Boothroyd has said, though, that he is prepared for the semi-final with or without them.
An opening goalless draw with Sweden followed by improving wins over Slovakia (2-1) and Poland (3-0) bodes well for tournament football and focus is now on the semi-final.
Boothroyd: "Concentration is key because they have great players who can hurt you. Stefan will be saying the same thing."
If it does finish in a penalty shoot-out, Boothroyd has said that his side has been practicing them since May but believes it's not just practice that counts: "Pens come down to players, how calm they can be. Some can deal with it, some can't. All we can do is prep."
These two sides met in March, with Germany running out 1-0 winners, however, this semi-final poses a different challenge with oppenents England in good form. manager Stefan Kuntz has selected the same starting XI in all three group games and no changes are expected.
Ahead of the semi-final, Kuntz reiterated his faith in the side saying, "if we all perform and play at 100%, it's difficult to beat us."
Ex-Arsenal, Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich's new boy, has 12 goals in 38 top-flight matches and will be one player, in particular, that England will have to keep an eye on.
England vs Germany: 2017 U-21 Euros semi-final: possible line-ups
England XI: Pickford; Holgate, Chambers, Mawson, Chilwell; Ward-Prowse, Chalobah/Hughes; Swift, Baker, Redmond/Gray; Abraham
Coach: Aidy Boothroyd
Germany XI: Pollersbeck, Toljan, Gerhardt, Stark, Meyer, Dahoud, Selke, Arnold, Gnabry, Kempf, Weiser
Coach: Stefan Kuntz
England vs Germany: 2017 U-21 Euros semi-final betting odds
The bookmakers have Germany slight favourites to take the game in 90 minutes with both teams either side of 2/1 at time of writing. Another market to consider is first goalscorer with Selke and Abraham joint favourites at a tempting 6/1. You'll get 15/1 on there being no goals in 90 minutes...but no one wants that!
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