Germany took Spain to extra-time in an exciting UEFA U19 Championship Final today in Budapest, before a 93rd minute Jürgen Weiler goal separated the sides at the final whistle.
Pre-tournament favourites, and winners in two of the past three, Spain were the better side throughout, but couldn’t find a way past some resolute defending with the young Germans throwing themselves in the way of everything.
Bayern Munich’s Lennart Klose – who scored 25 goals in 33 games for their reserves last season – opened the scoring for Germany after 23 minutes when he turned home a Sergey Usov cross.
Shortly after the hour mark, Spain were level after a period of dominance. Arturo Fernández was given too much room on the left and was able to pull the ball back from the goal line for Jean-Marie Dongou to rifle home at the near post.
Just two and a half minutes into extra-time and Weiler won it. Roger Masó badly sliced a routine pass across his back four and the Werder Bremen striker stole in, rode a challenge and rounded the Spanish ‘keeper to slot home.
As legs on both sides tired, Spain created chances to draw level in the final fifteen but couldn’t work the ball past Raif Husic for a second time, and Germany went on to lift the trophy for the first time since 2008.