S04 duo reach the U21 Euros semi-finals
After a 1-1 draw with Austria on Sunday evening (23/6), Germany U21s reached the semi-finals of the U21 European Championships. On top of that, they also secured qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Alexander Nübel started the game, while Suat Serdar came on in the 56th minute.
Just like in the first two group games (3-1 vs. Denmark and 6-1 vs. Serbia) Nübel was only beaten by a penalty. Augsburg’s Kevin Danso beat him in the 24th minute to level proceedings after Nübel had somewhat controversially given away the penalty himself. Freiburg striker Luca Waldschmidt had earlier given Germany the lead with an excellent long-range shot (14’).
The U21s were saved by Nübel several times in the game. The best of his saves came in the 34th minute when he denied a Kalajdzic header from point-blank range with his foot. He again kept the scores level in the second period, as he was equal to a shot from Husein Balic who had broken through one-on-one. The U21s are waiting to find out their semi-final opponents, as well as the time of that fixture.
Meanwhile, despite a 2-0 win, Salif Sané didn’t have much to celebrate in Senegal’s opening Africa Cup of Nations match. The centre-half was taken off injured after just 24 minutes. He suffered pains in his ankle are yet to be properly diagnosed. Senegal’s goals were scored by Keita Balde (28’) and Krepin Diatta (64’). Their second group match is against Algeria on Thursday (27/6, 19:00 CEST).