England Under-21s’ Euro dream was brought to an end in Tychy as the Young Lions exited to Germany after a semi-final penalty shootout defeat.
Aidy Boothroyd’s men took their highly-rated opponents all the way, even creating the clearer chances over the course of the 120 minutes and holding them off after coming under some strong second-half pressure.
But when German keeper Julian Pollersbeck saved spot-kicks from Tammy Abraham and Nathan Redmond, it was Stefan Kuntz’s side who clinically progressed to Friday’s final.
- European U21 Championship
- Tuesday 27 June 2017
- Tychy Stadium, Poland
It had all started so well too, as England began with a flurry and had five gilt-edged chances within the first 20 minutes, with the Germans caught cold from the off.
Firstly, Demarai Gray and Will Hughes combined well on the right before the latter broke clear into the box. His cut-back was heading straight for Abraham, but an excellent clearance from Marc-Oliver Kempf saved the day.
And Nathaniel Chalobah had two good opportunities with his head from successive James Ward-Prowse corners, but could only guide both of his efforts over.Hughes then slipped a perfect pass through to Gray, but after his first shot was blocked, a dinked follow-up was superbly saved by Pollersbeck.