Three penalties, no winner:u21 draws with slovenia

Three penalties, no winner:U21 draws with slovenia

On a day of curious debuts, germany’s u21s failed to get in the mood for the decisive match for the european championship ticket with the victory they were aiming for.

Coach stefan kuntz’s team drew 1-1 (1-0) with european championship host slovenia in braunschweig on thursday in a game that featured three penalties. Debutant manuel wintzheimer (42. Minute) scored for germany in the ghost match, zan medved (46.) for the slovenians. Shortly before the end, goalkeeper finn dahmen, also making his first appearance, saved the draw for the hosts when he saved a questionable penalty from zan celar (87.).

"One or the other was missing today," said kuntz, who nevertheless took away important insights. "It was definitely good that we were able to try out so many players."

On tuesday (18.3 p.M./prosieben MAXX) against wales his team wants to make the european championship ticket finally perfect with an increase in performance and in a different formation. The group winners and the five best group runners-up qualify for next year’s european championships in slovenia and hungary. Germany currently leads its group and, with 15 points, would also be well placed compared with other group runners-up.

Kuntz used the last friendly match before the european championship against slovenia for plenty of tests. Already with his starting lineup, he pleased three debutants who had been thwarted in the internationals in october. The corona case of stephan ambrosius (hamburger SV), about which kuntz spoke shortly before the game, had also made wintzheimer (hamburger SV), paul jaeckel and david raum (both spvgg greuther furth) spectators as contacts.

Two players from this quartet were in focus at decisive moments. Wintzheimer took the lead just before the break. The HSV striker was attacked impetuously by slovenia’s defender zan zaletel – penalty kick. The 21-year-old grabbed the ball himself and converted safely from the spot. "It’s very special to play for the u21s and make your debut," said wintzheimer.

Ambrosius came on for the first time after the change of sides – and was responsible for the penalty to make it 1:1 after just a few seconds. Dahmen (FSV mainz 05), who came on as a substitute with him, was powerless to score. In the final phase, dahmen guessed the corner and made a fine save. "Of course i was hoping for a different start, but then i was allowed to hold one more. I can live with it now," said the goalkeeper on prosieben MAXXX.

The german team was superior, but many changes and debuts caused expected coordination problems. Kuntz had planned for this, as he wanted to get a picture of other players in his large roster. The 58-year-old wants to keep many options open for the two-legged tournament. From 24. Until 31. March 2021 preliminary round to be held with 16 teams in four groups. The decision for the european championship title will be made from the 31st minute. May to 6. June.

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