Super-sub Morata strikes for La Rojita

Alvaro Morata came off the bench once more to score for Spain’s Under-21 team as they beat Germany 1-0.

Lightning struck twice for the Real Madrid striker as his late goal sent La Rojita into the semi-finals and eliminated Rainer Adrion’s side.

The 20-year-old came off the bench to notch the winner against Russia in the opening Group B fixture and repeated the feat against Germany, coming on in the 72nd minute as a replacement for Rodrigo to break clear and net the only goal of the game.

Morata’s strike not only secured Julen Lopetegui’s men a place in the last four but also confirmed Germany’s elimination from the competition and his record at Under-21 level is now two goals from two cameo appearances.

Before Morata’s introduction the Spanish had been frustrated by a gritty defensive display from the Germans, despite Adrion vowing beforehand that his players would go on the attack.

Against Russia, Morata scored after 82 minutes but left it until four minutes from time against the Germans, firing in a low shot that caught the foot of goalkeeper Bernd Leno before creeping in at the near post.

Spain will now face the Netherlands in their final group game at Petah Tikva’s Ha Moshava Stadium on Wednesday.

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