• Ruiz and Olmo goals avenge defeat in previous final
Six years ago it was David de Gea, Álvaro Morata and Isco gallivanting round the pitch with the European Under-21 Championship trophy but Spain now has a classy new generation of winners. As blue confetti rained down on a jubilant victory parade in Udine, swaying from one side to another, singing along to Queen after obtaining revenge in a repeat of this competition’s previous final, Germany trudged off, beaten. The purring Fabián Ruiz, who also earned the player of the tournament award, was again more than merely an architect; scoring a beautiful opener before Dani Olmo seized on Alexander Nübel’s error, with Nadiem Amiri’s late strike little consolation.
For Stefan Kuntz, a Euro 96 winner whose side came into this final on a 16-match unbeaten run, having not lost since October 2017 – and only twice since winning this competition two years ago – defeat and indeed picking up silver medals is a foreign feeling. The planned afterparty in Fagagna, 20 miles away, was cancelled, while Joachim Löw was among those watching on under this renovated stadium’s striking concrete arch.