U21 – Findings on the EM semi-final against Denmark: DFB team compensates missing individual class with team spirit

The German U21 national team reached the semi-finals of the European Championship 2021 (Thursday, 9 p.m. against the Netherlands) with a 6: 5 win on penalties (2: 2, 1: 1, 0: 0) against Denmark. While keeper Finn Dahmen reciprocates for a mistake, the team compensates for a lack of individual class with team spirit. The knowledge about the game.

Finn Dahmen should have been particularly happy about the semi-finals of the DFB team. Not only did the U21 goalkeeper advance to the match winner with two saved penalties against Wahid Faghir and Victor Kristiansen, the 23-year-old also came full circle in the MOL Arena Sosto in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

Almost exactly two months ago, Dahmen made a faux pas with serious consequences in the second group game against the Netherlands at the same point. The goalkeeper misjudged a throw-in from right-back Josha Vagnoman, tried to clear in front of the approaching Oranje striker Justin Kluivert and hit over the ball.

The result: Kluivert accepted the gift and scored 1-0. Only a late goal from Jonathan Burkardt managed to equalize. Nevertheless, the team had to give their keeper a lot of comfort and encouragement at the time. “It’s an unlucky day for Finn. That’s why we were happy to score the goal for him,” said defense chief Nico Schlotterbeck Dahmen in protection.

On the evening of the quarter-finals, the second man of FSV Mainz 05 managed to take revenge. “I said at the time that everyone is there for everyone,” said Dahmen after the game ProSieben the mistake.

Matchwinner Dahmen returns the favor for the Oranje group game

It is likely that Dahmen will also be in goal then. Even if during and after the group phase critical voices were heard from the 23-year-old and the DFB-U21 with Markus Schubert (FC Schalke 04) and Lennart Grill (Bayer Leverkusen) had good alternatives in the squad, coach Stefan Kuntz has so far relied on his Goalkeeper. Trust, which now seems to have paid off at the latest.

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