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Germany leave it late to end young England’s undefeated run at 19 games

• England U21 1-2 Germany U21
• Dominic Solanke offers hope with first-half equaliser

So often when England and Germany collide, the narrative ends with a painful penalty shootout but the manner of this last-gasp defeat was a different kind of heartbreak. With Kyle Walker-Peters grounded after a clash of heads during a stoppage-time corner, Germany ignored England’s raised hands and snatched a winner, with Felix Uduokhai firing home unmarked inside the box after collecting Benjamin Henrichs’s cross.

It meant Aidy Boothroyd’s England tasted defeat for the first time in 20 matches, since June 2017, when Germany won on penalties at the European Championship they went on to win. For so long it appeared Dominic Solanke’s first goal at the ground he now calls home would be sufficient to extend England’s unbeaten run after cancelling out Mahmoud Dahoud’s opener. Germany will defend their crown in Italy and San Marino this summer, but this suave England side will not be far behind them. It was a cruel way for England to slip to defeat but there were plenty of positives to take for both managers. Stefan Kuntz, the Germany head coach who scored for his country at the old Wembley at Euro 96, will have been particularly pleased with Dahoud, the classy Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

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