Euro U21 2021 ended yesterday with the victory of Germany against Portugal (1-1). A special competition because it was cut in 2 between March and June but which allowed some players to shine.
The Euro U21 was particularly interesting for this 2021 edition. If France disappointed with an elimination in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands, some countries shone like Germany and Portugal, the two finalists , but also from Spain, Oranjes, Denmark and Croatia. Some players have also pulled out of the game as we will explain below with an eleven type of the tournament. Substitute goalkeeper for FC Porto, Diogo Costa shone with Portugal. If he didn’t win the competition, he was impressive throughout it. Keeping his goals untouched in the three group matches against England, Croatia and Switzerland, he also achieved a clean sheet against Spain in the semi-final (1-0). Important in a crazy match against Italy (5-3 after extra time) in the quarter-finals, he held Germany in check for a long time before breaking up against Lukas Nmecha in the final (1-0 loss). To build up his defense, he can count on Diogo Leite his partner of FC Porto and in Portuguese selection. Consistent throughout the tournament, he was able to showcase his science of placement and his qualities of anticipation.
To accompany it at the hinge, we have chosen another fairly athletic profile with Perr Schuurs. Revealing in the first part of the season with Ajax Amsterdam, he then had more trouble with the emergence of Jürrien Timber in club. However, he shone with the young Oranjes. Solid in the air, applied to the recovery, he also managed to distinguish himself with goals against Romania (1-1) and Germany (defeat 2-1). A solid tournament for the native of Nieuwstadt who is just waiting to start with selection A. It will undoubtedly be just after Euro 2020. To occupy the corridors, two German players have made the difference. First of all Ridle Baku right side who has cracked the screen this season with Wolfsburg. A real counter-attacker, he sowed discord in the opposing defenses. Author of 2 goals against Hungary in the group stage, he also delivered 3 assists (which makes him the best passer) in the competition, including that in the final against Portugal (1-0). His friend from the left corridor David Raum also shone. The future player of TSG Hoffenheim has split an assist in pool against Hungary (3-0) and another offering against Denmark in the quarter-finals (2-2). A little less forward than its counterpart Ridle Baku, it nevertheless offers a wide range and a high-quality tournament.
Germany and Portugal in the spotlight
In the midfield, it caresses the ball very clearly. First of all, there is Martin Zubimendi who shone this season with Real Sociedad. The 22-year-old has held his rank throughout the tournament and is one of Spain’s strongmen. Semi-finalist, La Rojita relied on the native of San Sebastián for the development of the game. At his side, there are two Portuguese, including Fabio Vieira who was awarded the trophy for best player of the tournament. Unhappy finalist, the FC Porto player took the leadership by scoring against Croatia to start the tournament for his team (1-0) then causing the goal against his camp of Jorge Cuenca in the semi-final against Spain (1 -0). Very consistent in his performances throughout the tournament, he has asserted himself as the playing master of his training. More in provocation and perforation, Vitinha broke kidneys throughout the tournament. The player loaned this season to Wolverhampton made big differences with the ball and was one of the key players in the Portuguese side.
Up front, there was a choice, but the attacking trio is very attractive. Key player in the good Danish career, Anders Dreyer is building on his great season at FC Midtjylland. The former Brighton player was efficient and moving with a goal against France (1-0) and another against Russia (3-0) in the group stage. In a resolutely offensive team, he was one of the benchmarks on the offensive level. We will be disappointed not to see him with Germany this summer during the Euro des grands, but the future looks bright for Florian Wirtz. If he did not take part in the group stage since he was living his first call with the Mannschaft, he burst the screen on the final phase of this Euro U21. Missing part in the German machine, he notably offered a resounding double in the semi-final against the Netherlands (2-1). A successful competition for the Bayer Leverkusen player. Finally, the attack is occupied by the top scorer of the competition Lukas Nmecha. Unhappy finalist against Spain in 2019 (2-1), the striker who belongs to Manchester City has this time gone to the end. Consistent throughout the competition, he found fault against Hungary (3-0), the Netherlands (1-1), Denmark (2-2) and Portugal in the final (1-0). Also decisive passer against the Netherlands (2-1), he delivers an impressive tournament with 4 goals in 6 matches.
Some players could have carved out a place in the eleven, but they narrowly failed. On the side of victorious Germany, we think of the goalkeeper of Mainz Finn dahmen. Author of three clean sheets (Hungary, Romania and Portugal), he also saved two penalties during the penalty shootout against Denmark (6-5 for the Mannschaft). La Gantoise midfielder Niklas dorsch was also very impressive with a big volume of play. Finalist, Portugal could also count on Diogo Queiros who formed an XXL hinge with Diogo Leite. Author of three goals, the player of Monza Dany mota was also a good offensive point of reference for the Lusitanians. On the Spanish side, we can think of Javier Puado scorer of three competition goals or Marc Cucurella who delivered two assists. Also semi-finalists, the Netherlands were able to count on a Myron Boadu efficient and author of three goals in the competition, but also solid Justin Bijlow in the cages. Other players like the Croats Luka Ivanusec and Domagoj Bradaric, the Italians Tommaso Pobega, Patrick cutrone and Gianluca Scamacca or the Danish Wahid Faghir also showed great things throughout the tournament.
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