DFB Juniors: German U21s start the European Championship season with a 0-1 defeat

DFB Juniors
German U21s start EM season with 0:1 defeat

The decisive goal: Germany's goalkeeper Noah Atubolu couldn't prevent France's Amine Gouiri to make it 1-0.  photo

The decisive goal: Germany's goalkeeper Noah Atubolu couldn't prevent France's Amine Gouiri to make it 1-0. photo

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The German U21 starts the European Championship season with a defeat. In the 0: 1 against France, the European champions of 2021 showed themselves to be equal opponents. The next endurance test follows on Tuesday.

The German U21 has coaches Antonio DiSalvo not be able to give a victory as a gift for the anniversary as a boss. At the start of the European Championship season, the selection of the German Football Association lost 0-1 (0-0) against France on Friday.

In front of 5427 spectators in Magdeburg Amine Gouiri scored the decisive goal with a fine flick (53rd minute). The next top-class test for European champions Germany is on Tuesday (8.45 p.m./ProSiebenMaxx) in Sheffield against England.

Strong performance with minor weaknesses

On the way to the European Championship finals from June 9th to July 2nd, 2023 in Romania and Georgia Di Salvo, who a year ago succeeded Stefan Kuntz, who moved to Turkey as national coach, the desired position against a top European team. In the match, which Di Salvo described as a "very important test", the German selection showed a stable defensive performance over longer stretches, a strong performance against the ball-safe French and a lot of variability on the offensive even without the injured missing captain Jonathan Burkardt.

However, the team around the strong Schalke player Tom Krauss lacked the great penetrating power in attack when trying to overcome the physically robust French with low passes. After a brisk start, the guests around the Bundesliga players Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim), Manu Koné and Nathan Ngoumou (both Mönchengladbach) were not necessarily involved in their offensive actions for a long time.

Until Gouiri, whose market value is estimated at around 35 million euros, demonstrated his extra class. Jordan Beyer (Burnley FC) and Malick Thiaw (AC Milan) didn't bother the Stade Rennes striker vigorously enough when he scored with a technically skilled goal. After that, they determined the events more and let their individual class flash again and again.

Winning streak ends after 7 games won

How important this attractive international pairing was for both nations was also underlined by the intensity of the duel. Both teams went robust. Even after falling behind, the German team happily countered, Yann-Aurel Bisseck (Aarhus GF) sniffed the equalizer after his header (74th), as did Lazar Samardzic (Udinese Calcio/87th).

After seven wins in eight games, long-time Kuntz assistant Di Salvo, who used the last half hour for a number of changes, suffered his second defeat as head coach of the U21s. "I didn't know that at all," said Di Salvo at ProSiebenMaxx on the anniversary. "It doesn't feel like it at all because I've been a member of the team for a long time."


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