UEFA U21 EURO semi-finalists, Spain, Germany, Romania and France, get ready for battle.
After a close fought group stage contest the semi-finalists for the U21 Championships are ready to battle it out for the coveted UEFA trophy.
Spain were the first team to book their place, going through to the last four as Group A winners thanks to a 5-0 defeat of Poland on Saturday. Germany joined them on Sunday following a 1-1 draw with Austria, while France – as best runners-up – and Romania completed the quartet after a goalless draw in Cesena on Monday.
The finals serve as European qualifying for the 2020 Olympic football tournament, with the four semi-finalists now assured of going to Japan.
Italy, the hosts, and Denmark narrowly missed out on the best runners-up spot by finishing one point below France.
The groups finished as follows:
Group A: Spain*, Italy, Poland, Belgium
Group B: Germany*, Denmark, Austria, Serbia
Group C: Romania*, France*, England, Croatia
(*Qualified for semi-finals)
UEFA U21 EURO semi-finals
Defending Champions Germany will now meet Romania in Bologna on Thursday. It will be Romania’s second ever finals appearance, having lost out to Germany in 1998 in the classification play-offs.
The second semi-final, also to be held tomorrow, will see Spain – who have made three of the last four finals – play France, the ‘best runners-up’ qualifiers, in Reggio Emilia. The teams last met in the 1986 quarterfinals and the 1994 third-place play-off, with Spain victorious on both occasions.
The winners of each of the semi-finals will go through to the final which is scheduled to take place at Udine’s Stadio Friuli on Sunday 30 June (KO 7.45pm).
Throughout the group stages, the Cube team has been setting up pop up retail structures at the group stage matches, welcoming fans and visitors with the tournament’s official merchandise and memorabilia. With two matches held each day, Cube, well known for its logistical expertise, deployed two teams of event retail professionals, to manage and deliver the infrastructure, support and on-site sales operation. After the tournament’s one day break, Cube will be ready for action again for the following remaining fixtures:
Semi-finals (Thursday 27th June 2019)
Germany v Romania – 5pm, Bologna
Spain v France – 8pm, Reggio Emilia
Final (Sunday 30th June 2019)
Spain/France v Germany/Romania – 7.45pm, Udine
Find out more about each of the UEFA U21 EURO semi-finalists