Germany continues to dominate in the world of soccer as the Under-19 team took the European title. Germany narrowly defeated Portugal in a 1-0 victory that saw the decisive goal coming from Hany Mukhtar in the 39th minute.
Mukhtar also netted a goal in the Semifinals as Germany dominated Austria on the 28th, 4-0. Germany won their 2nd title and have now won two straight European U-19 Championship tournaments that they have appeared in. They also won in their last tournament appearance in 2008.
Germany qualified for the tournament through a do-or-die game against Spain in the Elite Round of Qualification and followed up with a successful group stage. They totaled 7 points and a record of 2-1-0. They opened with a 3-0 win over Bulgaria, followed up with a 2-2 draw with then-defending-champions Serbia, and finished with a 2-0 win over Ukraine.
Germany won the group by 2 points and qualified for the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. While it is their second title since the tournament was re-branded into the U-19 Championship, Germany also won as West Germany in 1981 when it was known as the UEFA European Youth Championship.
Portugal is now without a title in 7 tournament appearances and have now come short in the final game twice. Portugal qualified for the U-20 World Cup with their Group A win with 9 points and a perfect record. They started the tournament with a 3-0 win over tournament rookies Israel, continued it with a 6-1 win over hometown Hungary, and finished with a 2-1 win over Austria.
They squeaked past defending champions Serbia in penalties after the game was scoreless for 120 minutes.
Along with Germany and Portugal, semifinalists Austria and Serbia also qualified for the World Cup. Hungary and Ukraine qualified after they finished in third in their groups.
Those six teams join New Zealand and Fiji for the qualified teams for the competition that takes place next summer.
You can read the UEFA.com recap here.
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