With Armel Bella Kotchap and Patrick Osterhage, two players from VfL Bochum were in their first 11 matches in Germany’s U-21 win 2-1 over Poland.
The German under-21 team met Poland on Tuesday evening at the end of the European Championship qualifiers. Antonio de Salvo’s team secured a ticket to the finals before the match in Lodz, while opponents Poland were still vying for second place in the group and a chance to participate in the 2023 tournament.
The German Football Association’s youth selection returned with a 2-1 win to defeat 0-4 in the qualifying first leg in November. Youssouf Moukoko, a Dortmund player, scored the two goals for the German national team.
Bella Ketchup forms a central defense with Malik Thiaw
With Armel Bella Kotchap and Patrick Osterhage, two players from VfL Bochum were in the starting lineup. Bella Kotchap formed central defence, along with Malik Thiaw from Schalke 04. Patrick Osterhag played in midfield.
After coming on as a substitute against Hungary (4-0) and thus making his under-21 debut, the match against Poland was his first in the starting lineup. He was replaced after 68 minutes.
In addition to the group-winning Germany, Israel also got its ticket to the European Championship, and Poland finally came in third.
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