Fabian Ruiz, Dani Olmo shoot Spain after Germany to the fifth European Under-21 title
UDINE: Spain beat Germany 2-1 to win the U21 European Championship title for the fifth time in Udine on Sunday as Fabian ruiz & Dani Olmo Marked on either of the two.
Fabian ruiz rifled in the first after just seven minutes at the Stadio Friuli in northeastern Italy, with Olmo adding the second on 69 minutes to avenge their 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final two years ago.
Nadiem Amiri took a goal two minutes from time, but failed to ignite a revival for the defending champions.
Spain reclaim the title they last won in 2013 & join Italy as the only nation to have won the tournament five times.
The Spanish controlled the match with top tournament scorer Luca Waldschmidt of Bundesliga club Freiburg pegged back & unable to add to his tally of seven goals to achieve a new record.
Midfielder of Real Madrid Dani Ceballos , who was already a veteran of the 2017 finals, helped propel the Spaniards ahead of a crowd of 23,000.
The Germans, watched from the stands by senior head coach Joachim Loew & former international Oliver Bierhoff, struggled for the first half hour.
Ruiz, who plays for Italian club Napoli, clung to a Mikel Oyarzabal center to beat a dazed Alexander Nubel in Germany's goal for his second goal of the tournament.
Spain doubled their lead after Nubel could not close an effort for Ruiz's goal, clearing the path of Olmo, who threw his third goal of the tournament.
Waldschmidt had an opportunity in 83 minutes, but sent it a little off target, before Amiri gave the Germans hope.
Despite the nervous end, the team of Luis de la Fuente remained to finish a tournament that had begun in an unpropitious way by losing 3-1 to host Italy.