Germany beat England in their second European Championship match.
Germany 4-0 England
UEFA European U17 Championship
1pm (GMT), Saturday 9 May 2009
Ernst-Abbe Sportfeld, Jena
Live on Eurosport
England's second group match of the UEFA European U17 Championship ended in a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Germany.
The hosts weathered an early bout of England pressure before taking the lead through Robert Labus in the 13th minute. Lennart Thy doubled the advantage just over 20 minutes later before Kevin Scheidhauer and Mario Gotze confirmed the win in the second half.
The defeat leaves England needing a result against Turkey in the final group game to prolong their hope of securing a place in the Semi-Final.
A bright day in Jena welcomed the two nations and it was England who began the match in confident fashion, forcing the hosts on the backfoot from kick-off. In only the second minute a Jose Baxter corner was knocked back across goal by Gary Gardner, but Jack Wilshere's attempt flew narrowly over. Moments later, a far post cross from Gardner sought John Bostock but the England skipper was unable to connect.
John Peacock made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Holland on Wednesday. Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Tunnicliffe replaced Luke Freeman and Lateef Elford-Alliyu, as the Young Lions lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Baxter foraging upfront, supported by Bostock, Wilshere and Shelvey.
Displaying confidence and composure on the ball, the opening ten minutes belonged to the visitors, but a rare attack for Germany brought about the opening goal after 13 minutes. Gotze had chased a long ball downfield, but was beaten to it by Jed Steer in the England goal. Christopher Buchtmann's subsequent corner was headed home by Labus at the near post.
This goal galvanised the hosts and Gotze in particular. He watched a speculative header bounce wide of the goal before creating a terrific chance for Buchtmann to double the lead on 21 minutes. Gotze fed the German midfielder who had got in behind Luke Garbutt, but Steer narrowed the angle and bravely denied the Germans a second goal.
However, they weren't to be denied for long and Buchtmann was again the creator. Germany had broken forward following an England corner. Buchtmann received a throw-in on the left and sent a teasing cross into the box, which was turned home by Thy.
A third goal could have been converted by Reinhold Yabo just before the break, but he failed to apply the required bend on the ball.
The German no.7, Buchtmann, who plays his football with Liverpool, continued to threaten and he forced a splendid save from Steer two minutes after the restart.
Steer was again on-hand to deny the hosts in the 47th minute. Good link-up play between Thy and Scheidhauer allowed the former a strike at goal, but the Norwich 'keeper was equal to it.
James Hurst began advancing down the England right and this had appeared England' likeliest route to goal, but a third goal for Germany after 57 minutes effectively wrapped up all three points. Buchtmann was again involved, embarking on a mazy run into the England box, before the ball broke to Thy. He found Scheidhauer on the edge of the box, who drilled a low shot into the far corner.
With just five minutes remaining, Gotze produced a fine individual goal to make it 4-0. He dribbled his way into the area and passed the ball beyond the dive of Steer.
England created little in the second period and will now hope to improve when they face Turkey on Tuesday.
1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 2 Bienvenue Basala-Mazana, 3 Marvin Plattenhardt, 4 Robert Labus, 5 Shkodran Mustafi, 7 Christopher Buchtmann (11 Abu-Bakarr Kargbo, 76), 8 Reinhold Yabo (C), 9 Lennart Thy (17 Manuel Janzer, 67), 10 Mario Gotze, 18 Matthias Zimmerman, 20 Kevin Scheidhauer (13 Niko Opper, 57)
Substitutes not used
6 Gerrit Nauber, 12 Bernd Leno, 14 Yunus Malli, 19 Florian Trinks
Robert Labos 13, Lennart Thy 36, Kevin Scheidhauer 57, Mario Gotze 75
1 Jed Steer, 2 James Hurst, 3 Luke Garbutt, 4 Gary Gardner, 6 Tom Parkes, 7 Jonjo Shelvey (11 Benik Afobe, 38) 8 John Bostock (C), 9 Jose Baxter, 10 Jack Wilshere (17 Jacob Walcott, 68), 14 Ryan Tunnicliffe, 15 Eddie Oshodi (16 Lateef Elford-Alliyu, 55)
Substitutes not used
5 Louis Laing, 12 Luke Freeman, 13 Sam Johnstone, 18 Sam Habergham
Referee Pawel Gil (Poland)
Assistant Referees Erik Weiss (Slovakia) & Haralds Gudermanis (Latvia)
Fourth Official Vladislav Bezborodov