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Denmark U21 W. Faghir (69), V. Nelsson (Pen. 108)
MOL Aréna Sóstó (Székesfehérvár)[5-6]2-2
Germany U21 L. Nmecha (88), J. Burkardt (100)
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German U21 captain Arne Maier potentially out for Denmark

By Peter Vice

Germany U21 head-coach may be without his captain as the DFB youths prepare to square off against Denmark next Monday in the Quarterfinals of the UEFA U21 European Championship. 

Arne Maier.
Arne Maier.Photo: Hertha BSC/citypress

Stefan Kuntz's anointed captain twisted his ankle in Wednesday's training session. Only after further examinations tomorrow will it be clear if the German U21 skipper might potentially be available for the first round of the knockout phase of the UEFA U21 European Championship.


The journey continues for Germany's prospect squad something of a lackluster tournament group phase back in March. Kuntz's youngsters got off to a flying start with a 3-0 win over Hungary. Mainz native Ridle Baku, still with the squad after Bundestrainer Joachim Löw opted not to take him to the Euros, bagged a brace and picked up an assist in an amazing performance.

Unfortunately, the junior DFB-XI were only able to draw their next two group stage matches. Their quarterfinal opponent, Denmark, constitutes quite the challenge. Albert Capellas' junior DBU-XI sailed through the group stages undefeated behind great performances from Anders Dreyer and former Bundesliga professional Jacob Bruun Larsen.

The current German U21 squad features two young in phenoms in Baku and Leverkusen's Florian Wirtz that some were surprised weren't taken by Joachim Löw. Other strong up-and-comers include Köln's Ismail Jakobs, Mainz's Jonathan Burkardt, Stuttgart's Mateo Klimowicz, Union's Nico Schlotterbeck, Gent's Niklas Dorsch, and Anderlecht's Lukas Nmecha.

Regrettably, teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko remains out with injury.


Denmark U21
(4-3-3)
1Oliver Christensen
15Rasmus Carstensen
5Victor Nelsson (C)
13Frederik Alves Ibsen
3Andreas Poulsen ↩44
20Magnus Andersen ↩90
6Nikolas Nartey
8Jesper Lindstrøm ↩46
17Mohammed Daramy
11Anders Dreyer ↩91
10Jacob Bruun Larsen ↩66
Bench
16Peter Vindahl-Jensen
22Mads Hermansen
7Nikolai Laursen
9Nikolai Baden Frederiksen
21Carlo Holse ↪46
23Wahidullah Faghir ↪66
2Mads Roerslev Rasmussen
4Simon Graves
12Sebastian Hausner
18Victor Bernth Kristansen ↪44
14Morten Hjulmand ↪90
19Gustav Isaksen ↪91
Germany U21
(4-2-3-1)
12Finn Dahmen
2Josha Vagnoman ↩91
5Amos Pieper
4Nico Schlotterbeck
3David Raum
17Anton Stach ↩76
8Arne Maier (C)
21Ridle Baku ↩75
7Florian Wirtz ↩87
11Mërgim Berisha ↩64
10Lukas Nmecha
Bench
1Marcus Schubert
23Lennart Grill
9Jonathan Burkardt ↪64
18Karim Adeyemi ↪75
14Paul Jaeckel ↪91
15Ismail Jakobs
19Lars Mai ↪87
13Salih Özcan
16Shinta Appelkamp
20Vitaly Janelt
22Mateo Klimowicz ↪76

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