Prague - Germany were held to a 1-1 draw for the second time in three matches at the UEFA U-21 European Championship on Tuesday evening after being pegged back by tournament hosts the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, the point was enough for Germany to progress to the semi-finals as Group A runners-up behind Denmark.
Hertha Berlin midfielder Nico Schulz put coach Horst Hrubesch's side in front in the 55th minute, but their lead was short-lived, with Ladislav Krejci equalising for the Czechs just 11 minutes later.
Bright start, no goals
Germany had been slow out of the blocks in each of their previous games at the tournament but set out determined to make amends here, with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland and Borussia Dortmund's Matthias Ginter guilty of squandering their best chances of breaking the deadlock.
Schulz showed them how it was done after the interval, slotting home after the ball fell kindly to him following a mistake in the Czech backline. Germany pushed for a decisive second goal but were caught out shortly afterwards when substitute Krejci finished just minutes after entering the pitch. It was not enough to prevent Czech Republic from crashing out of the competition, while Germany not only booked their place in the last four, they also secured a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games.