Germany beats England on penalties, into U21 Euros final

Germany goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck, left, is congratulated by his teammates after saving the last shot of the penalty shootout during the Euro Under 21 semifinal soccer match between England and Germany in Tychy, Poland, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

TYCHY, Poland (AP) Germany inflicted another penalty-shootout loss on fierce soccer rival England, this time in the semifinals of the Under-21 European Championship on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck saved from Nathan Redmond to clinch a 4-3 shootout win for the Germans, after the match ended 2-2 after extra time.

England’s senior team lost to Germany on penalties in the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship. At Euro 96, Stefan Kuntz was a member of the Germany team and he is now coach of the country’s Under-21 side, which will play either Spain or Italy in the final on Friday.

Germany reached its third final at a European Under-21 competition and will go for its second title, after beating England in 2009.