U21: Beck stunner sends Germany into final

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2009 00:51

U21: Beck stunner sends Germany into final

Germany will play England in the final of the European Under-21 Championship after a stunning goal by Andreas Beck earned a 1-0 win over Italy in the second semi-final in Helsingborg.

The Italians dominated the match but Beck scored the all-important goal three minutes after half-time when he ran in from the right wing and unleashed a shot which swerved beyond the keeper’s grasp.

Manuel Neuer had been the main reason Italy were not ahead at half-time after making a number of crucial saves.

The German goalkeeper beat out a shot from Sebastian Giovinco which was going high into the net before knocking a header on to his defender on the line who then cleared.

Marco Motta hit the crossbar before well-placed defender Mesut Ozil cleared off the line from the near post as Italy dominated with forward Mario Balotelli influential, but the interval arrived goalless.

The game was then turned on its head in the 48th minute when Beck shocked the Italians with his fantastic strike.

Balotelli almost equalised minutes later when his powerful free-kick flashed wide and the same player had another effort pushed out by Neuer.

Marco Andreolli put a header inches wide and Neuer produced an improvised save when he kicked Balotelli’s powerful shot away with his right foot.

“Today we had a great goalie Manuel Neuer and a bit luck. Manuel is an outstanding keeper”, coach Horst Hrubesch said: “Now we want the title.”

The only sour note for Germany is that Ashkan Dejagah will be suspended for the Malmo showpiece after being booked here.

[Soccernet & DFB.de]

German Football
By German Football June 27, 2009 00:51
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