Bayern Munich-bound Serge Gnabry and Schalke starlet Max Meyer were on target as Germany began the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-0 victory against the Czech Republic in Tychy.
Following a first half dominated by the German youngsters, Meyer was on target in the 44th minute following a clever through-ball from Hertha Berlin’s Mitchell Weiser. The Schalke attacking midfielder took the pass in his stride and sent the ball into the far corner.
Buoyed by the opener, Germany added to the lead within six minutes of the restart when Serge Gnabry capitalised on a defensive mistake. Rarely threatened thereafter, Stefan Kuntz’s side should have added a third late on, but Lukas Zima saved well from Davie Selke’s penalty in the closing stages.
Germany face 2015 semi-finalists Denmark in Krakow on Wednesday on Matchday 2 of Group C.
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