Alexander Nübel and Suat Serdar reach EURO U21 final
There is reason to celebrate after the German U12 side and Royal Blue duo Alexander Nübel and Suat Serdar reached the U21 European Championship final on Thursday (27/06). The national team overcame Romania with a 4-2 victory thanks to a courageous performance in extreme temperatures.
It was Romania who held the advantage at half time despite Nadiem Amiri scoring the opening goal after 21 minutes. Geroge Puscas first converted from the penalty spot (27’) and then doubled his tally 17 minutes later. Nübel dived the right way for the penalty and got hands to the ball, but was unable to prevent it from hitting the back of the net. Seconds before the half-time whistle, the Schalke man was on hand to prevent another Romania goal with an impressive save from Puscas’ header.
In the second half, Germany were the better side and began to gain control of the play, and Luca Waldschmidt’s sixth goal of the tournament leveled the game in the 51st minute. With Germany hunting for the lead and Romania began to pay the price for the high tempo game, seeing their chances limited.
In the closing stages, Nübel and Co. were rewarded as they finally took the lead again through Waldschmidt again, before Amiri also doubled his tally in the fourth minute of injury time to secure the victory.
Nübel was named between the sticks for the fourth time in a row, whereas Serdar did not feature. Germany’s final opponents will be the winner in the second semi final, between Spain and France, and will be played on Sunday (30/06) at 20:45 CEST.