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16 Nov 2010 19:30:31

Germany defeat England Under-21s

Goalkeeping errors from Scott Loach and Jason Steele proved fatal as a depleted England Under-21 side suffered a 2-0 defeat to the latest crop of Germany youngsters.

Trailing 1-0 after Loach failed to keep out Konstantin Rausch's shot, the visitors saw their 15-game, five-year unbeaten away record go up in smoke when half-time substitute Steele was sent off after conceding a penalty just 13 minutes into his debut.

Cenk Tosun converted from the spot, with England failing to avenge last year's UEFA Under-21 Championship final defeat in what was their first friendly since reaching next summer's finals.

Senior call-ups and injuries forced head coach Stuart Pearce to hand six players their first starts at this level, two of them debutants.

Germany, who had seen all the players from last year's Under-21 Championship final since move on, made the brighter start , Peniel Mlapa twice seeing efforts blocked in the same attack. The visitors were buckling but it was poor goalkeeping which saw them broken, with another Germany corner cleared to Rausch.

The full-back's shot came through a crowd of players but Loach - the only survivor on either side from last summer's Under-21 Championship final - got both hands to it and should have kept it out.

Germany made a half-time triple-substitution, bringing on Patrick Funk, Daniel Ginczek and Marc Hornschuh, while England withdrew Loach for Steele. And the new man was called into action after less than four minutes, with Tosun played clean through only to see the Middlesbrough keeper parry athletically.

England finally created a clear-cut chance six minutes later, Jack Cork and Jack Rodwell combining to release Nathan Delfouneso, whose shot clearly came off the chest of Olivier Baumann, although a corner was awarded. But just two minutes after that, it was effectively game over when Steele was sent off after conceding a penalty.

Maximilian Beister had just come on for Mlapa and England were cut apart as Boris Vukcevic got in behind and tried to go round the keeper.

Steele threw himself at the feet of the striker, who went to ground. Steele protested he had touched the ball but Christof Virant showed him red and Tosun stepped up to beat Henri Lansbury, who was now forced to play in goal.


PA

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