U21 EM: Title dream is alive: Germany wrestles Denmark in a penalty crime thriller



Germany is fighting its way to the semi-finals!

Our U21 national team wins 6: 5 on penalties against Denmark and moves into the EM semifinals, where they face Holland on Thursday (9 p.m.). Fürth’s Paul Jaeckel converts the decisive penalty. Our goalkeeper hero Finn Dahmen has two penalties!

Germany got off to a better start at first, but then a Dane took the lead: Wahid Faghir (17 / Vejle BK), who was recently substituted, scores after just three minutes on the pitch for the Danish lead (69th)! Disappointing: The two Jogi stars Florian Wirtz (18) and Ridle Baku (23) cannot shine.

Shortly before the end of the regular season, U21 top scorer Lukas Nmecha equalizes after May’s submission (88th), brings the game into overtime.

Then the interim lead for Germany: Mainz’s Jonathan Burkardt with the 2-1 in the 100th minute. But Mai gets Isaksen off her feet. There are penalties – and Danish captain Nelsson is sure to convert them. 2: 2.

It goes to the penalty shootout, which the Germans grab thanks to their strong keeper.

In the end, the German team struggled to win and kicked out the team that coach Stefan Kuntz (58) had called a secret favorite.

The trainer’s series continues: in 2017 he won the European Championship title with the U21s, became vice European champion in 2019 and qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo this summer. Now the semifinals.

But BILD knows: Kuntz (contract until 2023) is considering throwing away at the Olympics, is disappointed with his employer.

But now it’s first in the semifinals against Holland, who defeated France 2-1 – and maybe another title …

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