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Germany stun Spain to claim Under-21 title after Mitchell Weiser header

Germany v Spain - UEFA Euro U21 Championships Final

It was the result that nobody expected. Apart from Germany, that is. After Mitchell Weiser’s brilliant header had sealed the title against the hot favourites Spain, their captain Maximilian Arnold led his players, wearing special T-shirts to commemorate their triumph, on an impromptu jig past the media. Nothing, it seems, is left to chance when it comes to Germany at an international tournament.

Spain Under-21s reap benefit of experience England can only dream of

England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd during training

Iñaki Williams knew he did not have long to make his mark. He had lost his place in Spain’s starting lineup to Málaga’s Sandro Ramírez just before the tournament but, with 15 minutes to play and Spain leading Portugal 2-0 in their group game at the European Under-21 Championship, the striker was handed his opportunity by Albert Celades.



Lionel Messi helps Barcelona extend perfect start at empty Camp Nou

Barcelona continued their 100% start to life in La Liga in bizarre circumstances, beating Las Palmas 3-0 at an empty Camp Nou. The club had asked for the match to be postponed due to protests across Catalonia over the controversial Catalan independence referendum in which more than 750 people have been injured, many in the Spanish city.