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Thursday 23 November 2017

Spot of bother for England

Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond

England Under-21s suffered more penalty semi-final heartbreak against Germany after Nathan Redmond's miss sent them out of Euro 2017.

Julian Pollersbeck saved the Southampton winger's spot kick as Germany won 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

Germany will face Spain in Friday's final in Krakow.

Demarai Gray had cancelled out David Selke's opener before Tammy Abraham put England ahead for the first time just after the break in Tychy.

Felix Platte's fine header sent the game into extra time with England hanging on before penalties.

Lewis Baker, Ben Chilwell and James Ward-Prowse all scored with Pollersbeck saving from Abraham and finally from Redmond as Germany progressed despite Jordan Pickford saving Yannick Gerhardt's effort.

It was the second time Germany Under-21s boss Stefan Kuntz had broken English hearts having been part of the German side to beat them on penalties at Euro 96 almost exactly 21 years ago.

In last night's other semi-final, Spain beat a 10-man Italy side 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

Niguez opened the scoring for Spain, but Italy hit back through Fernando Bernardeschi, only for Niguez to fire home the second on 65 minutes. Niguez completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes.

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