3 Victories in a Row for Impressive England U21s as They Defeat Germany

England defeated Germany 2-0 in their last group match in Batumi, Georgia, to make it three wins in a row and eliminate them from the European Under-21 Championship.

Holders Germany were eliminated from the tournament without a win after conceding two goals in the first 21 minutes from Cameron Archer and Harvey Elliott, giving England the group’s top spot with all possible points.

When Jacob Ramsey’s deft through ball found Archer, he simply tucked the ball past Noah Atubolu to make it 1-0 for England after only four minutes of play.

Six minutes later, when the ball dropped to Ramsey inside the box, the Young Lions came close to doubling their lead, but his low shot missed the far post.

In the 21st minute, Lee Carsley’s team did score twice thanks to an outstanding solo effort from Elliott. The Liverpool midfielder gained possession of the ball within his own half, attacked the German defense inside the penalty area, and then calmly buried the goal to make it 2-0.

In order for Germany to have any hope of qualifying, they needed to win. On the half-hour mark, Kevin Schade of Brentford had their first opportunity, but James Trafford blocked his attempt.

The primary threat for Germany was Schade, who had another opportunity to equalize just before halftime when he ran down the right-hand side but saw his shot deflected away by the goalkeeper.

Germany may have been headed for an early departure, but they didn’t offer much of a threat as England continued to probe, giving Cole Palmer half chances after Elliott forced a superb save from Atubolu.

After some clever linkup play, James Garner came within 15 seconds of scoring a third goal, but the Everton midfielder was unable to direct his shot on goal from close range.

Three minutes from time, Finn Ole Becker’s strong deflected shot was palmed away by Trafford, who preserved another clean sheet and three consecutive 2-0 victories. This was Germany’s finest opportunity of the game.

Lee Carsley, the young Lions coach, praised his team for their innovative spirit. We had the good fortune to take a gamble, he remarked. Germany missed out on several excellent opportunities. Not only are we really pleased with the outcome, but also with the performance.

We thought the game was quite challenging. We anticipated that the game would be challenging as we prepared for it.

We had the good fortune to play Germany in a friendly during one of the international windows. We were aware of their character. You have seen in today’s game how difficult it is to defeat them tactically.

With three straight clean sheets, England has not let up a goal in the competition, and Carsley praised the play of his defense.

We talk about the defense as a whole, not simply the defense, he continued. I think Jarrad Branthwaite, Charlie Cresswell, Levi Colwill, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, and obviously James Trafford in goal all played excellent center back.

“Overall, we’ve done a great job defending from full-back positions with midfielders and forwards. At the latter end of the game, it was really encouraging to see guys blocking crosses and making blocks at the box’s edge. Excellent to see.”

Noni Madueke, who had an impressive debut, had a slightly more subdued second game, but then turned it back on for the third game yesterday evening. He helped England defeat Germany 2-0. By the same score in all three of their games, England topped their group and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will take on Portugal on Sunday.

Although Madueke has yet to officially be credited with an assist or goal, it has been entertaining to watch him play and it even got him the Man of the Match award in last night’s game.

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