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Vitaly Janelt and Germany seal place in Under-21 European Championship Final

Midfielder set for another Final on Sunday

4 June 2021

Vitaly Janelt’s Germany Under-21 side have made it to the Final of the Under-21 European Championships after beating Holland yesterday evening.

The Germans will now face the under-21 side from Portugal on Sunday in Ljubljana as they aim for a third title.

Having secured a Championship Play-Off Final winners medal on Saturday, the midfielder will aim for another honour later this week. The side navigated their way past the Dutch with a 2-1 win last night and they took the lead after just 29 seconds through Florian Wirtz. The German then doubled his and Germany’s tally just seven minutes later when he struck once again.

Perr Schuurs scored on 67 minutes for Holland but they were unable to get themselves back into the Semi-Final. Vitaly came on as a second half substitute as he played the final 21 minutes to help the side cling on to the win.

Elsewhere, Jaakko Oksanen played 70 minutes for Finland Under-21s in a friendly defeat away against Sweden Under-21s on Thursday.

The 20-year-old, who has been on loan with AFC Wimbledon recently, earned a start for the under-21 side in their defeat in Sweden.

The game was won within the first 15 minutes through an own goal from Robin Tihi on five minutes before Anthony Elanga doubled the home side’s lead on 13 minutes. Jaakko did come close later in the game with an effort, but ultimately the side were defeated. They will now prepare to play against Slovakia away from home on Tuesday next week.


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