Germany beat Portugal to clinch the U21 European Championship

Germany U21 1-0 Portugal U21: Former England youth international Lukas Nmecha of Manchester City scores match-winner… as Germans win Under-21 European Championship for a THIRD time

Germany won the Under-21 European Championship with a former England youth international scoring the goal that beat Portugal 1-0 in the final.

Lukas Nmecha neatly rounded Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa to score in the 49th minute after running on to an angled pass into the goalmouth by Wolfsburg midfielder Ridle Baku.

Germany-born Nmecha played only a handful of games at his parent club Manchester City before impressing this season on loan at Anderlecht. The Belgian club is coached by former City great Vincent Kompany.

Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha scored the goal to win Germany the tournament

It is the third time that Germany have won the men's Under-21 European Championship

It is the third time that Germany have won the men’s Under-21 European Championship

It was disappointment for Portugal, who could not find a way back into the final in Ljubljana

Germany’s third under-21 Euros title followed wins in 2009 and 2017, and left Portugal a beaten finalist for a third time, after 1994 and 2015.

Portugal’s team in 2015 included three players who were in the senior national team that won the 2016 European Championship final.

Portugal defends its title in the postponed Euro 2020 tournament that starts Friday, and will play Germany in a Group F match in Munich on June 19.