Under-21 European Championship semi-final: Portugal and Germany meet in Sunday’s final

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Florian Wirtz has a chance to book the European Under-21 final with Portugal, while Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 after Spain lost the other semi-final earlier

  • Jorge Cuenca’s own goal was enough for Portugal to beat Spain on Thursday
  • The Portuguese are through to their third final, but have yet to win the trophy
  • Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen scored a brace as Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1
  • Mergim Berisha struck the woodwork for the Germans remarkably three times

Portugal advance to the European Under-21 Championship final after Jorge Cuenca’s own goal was enough to beat Spain.

Fabio Vieira broke clear in the 80th minute and his cross into the penalty area was deflected into his own net by the hapless Cuenca to seal Portugal’s place in Sunday’s showpiece.

The Portuguese are through to a third final and will play against Germany in Ljubljana.

Fabio Vieira is harassed by teammates after his deflected cross put Portugal in the lead

Fabio Vieira is harassed by teammates after his deflected cross put Portugal in the lead

Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen scored a brace to shoot Germany to Sunday's final

Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen scored a brace to shoot Germany to Sunday's final

Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen scored a brace to shoot Germany to Sunday’s final

Portugal is aiming to win the competition for the first time after losing both the 1994 and 2015 finals.

The Germans defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the other semi-final, Florian Wirst scored twice in the first two minutes to put Germany in full control.

Perr Schuurs pulled one back for the Orange in the 67th minute to raise hopes of a comeback.

But Germany really should have won the match more comfortably after Mergim Berisha hit the woodwork three times.

Germany aims to win this competition for the third time after winning the tournament in 2009 and 2017.

Mergim Berisha (right) hit the woodwork for the Germans three times

Mergim Berisha (right) hit the woodwork for the Germans three times

Mergim Berisha (right) hit the woodwork for the Germans three times

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