Spain youngsters heading to follow their old masters 

SPAIN could be breeding a new generation of potential world-beaters, after topping Germany 2-1 to be crowned Under-21 Champions of Europe for the fifth time.
They gained revenge for a defeat by the same opposition in Krakow two years ago, and rivalled Italy’s record for the most titles in the UEFA competition.
The Spanish players started confidently, and Luis de la Fuente’s men soon took advantage to open the scoring. Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz took a pass from Mikel Oyarzabal in the seventh minute to beat the German keeper with a powerful left-footer from the edge of the area.
The match then settled down, with both teams enjoying periods of domination, although there were few opportunities.
Spain just about edged the rest of the first half, although Germany had half-chances through Levin Öztunali and Jonathan Tah.
After the break, Germany came out stronger, although Stefan Kuntz’s young players still struggled to create real openings.
The young Germans, forced to chase the game, started to leaving space at the back as they pressed high, leaving themselves open to fast breaks.
And when Alexander Nübel failed to hold a Fabián Ruiz snapshot, Dynamo Zafreb’s Dani Olmo scored Spain’s second goal. A late, long-range goal from Nadiem Amiri was no more than a consolation for the Germans.
Spain’s coach, Luis de la Fuente, said: “We’ve been working for this for years. This group of players are fantastic and so talented. It’s so important for Spain and Spanish football for these young lads to get the praise they deserve.
“I am more than proud of them. We’ve played so, so well at times in this tournament. I can only say well done to these players, who can make history.”

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