Spain's Newest Golden Generation
Wait... WHAT!? The final of the U-21 European Championship was yesterday!?
On Sunday 30th July, we had a great night of football in Udine, Italy, where the final of the U-21 European Championship took place. Two great teams, Spain and Germany, repeated the final from the U-21 championship two years ago. Last time, it was the Germans who lifted the trophy, thanks to a solitary goal by Bayern Leverkusen right-back Weiser in the final minutes, stealing it from Spain, who was one of the best nations in the 2017 tournament. Clearly, it was time for revenge.
Spain, who showed once again how promising their future is, won 2-1 against Germany, after previously trashing France 4-1 in the semis. The revenge was a success. But, how did it happen?
The match started in a rush, with the most dominant team, Spain, showing how good they've become over the years. Just 7 minutes in, Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for Spain with a spectacular run and a 25-yard strike that surprised Alexander Nübel, thanks to a great pass from Real Sociedad's forward Mikel Oyarzabal. GOOOAAALLL! 1-0!
Another big highlight of the match was not a goal; it was a very rough foul. RED CARD, RED CARD! WHERE'S VAR!?
On the 33rd minute, Real Madrid's bench warming defender Jesus Vallejo committed a very dangerous foul over Freiburg's striker Waldschmidt, aiming straight at his opponent's leg. And what happened? Cheeky VAR didn't say anything. Juts a yellow card for him. Cheeky, cheeky...
Spain had a couple more chances before the end of the half, while Germany didn't have any. Even Golden Boot winner Luca Waldschmidt was unable to find an 8th goal to set a record in a single tournament. HALF TIME!
Spain continued with their high possession game, not giving their opponents a chance to recover. The revenge started to feel like a reality! Germany, however, improved after the break, causing trouble to Spain's defense.
On the 68th minute, Germany was claiming a foul on the Spanish area over one of their men, however, the referee didn't say anything and Spain... WAS ALREADY ON COUNTER MODE!
A great counter and display by the Spanish U-21 side, which had a little bit of luck to get the second, after a good save by Nübel from a powerful shot, Dinamo Zagreb's Olmo scraped up the rebound and scored a perfect chip over the German keeper. GOOOAAALLL! 2-0!
Spain could have increased their lead to 3-0 as Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz shot just wide after a fine one-two play with Borja Mayoral before Carlos Soler hit the crossbar. Finally, German striker Nadiem Amiri set up a nervy finale when his long-range strike hit Vallejo's head and flew past Spain's keeper Antonio Sivera on the 88th minute. But, it didn't matter; they weren't able to create another chance to force the extra time, and maybe, a German miracle. END OF THE MATCH!
I know you probably didn't care about this match and my explanation at all, unless you're Spanish or German, but the fact is there: Spain has won the U-21 European Championship, and I am Spanish so... HELL YEAH, MOTHER F*****!