He may not have scored in the final, yet Davie Selke's goals were a crucial element in Germany winning the UEFA European Under-19 Championship for the second time.
The tall SV Werder Bremen striker had travelled to Hungary on the back of five goals in as many qualifying games – four of them in a 5-0 defeat of Latvia – and could scarcely have been any quicker out of the blocks on matchday one. He gave Marcus Sorg's side the lead against Bulgaria with a first-minute volley and adding a clinching third German goal after the break – yet he was quick to share the credit.
"Everyone was telling me I'd score an early goal and I said 'We'll see!'" he told UEFA.com. "Getting such a great start, with the early goal, was really important and helped us a lot. The goals were both great passes and I'm happy I was able to convert them. It's a great pleasure to play for Germany and to do so in an international tournament is all the better. I feel great at the moment."
That feeling was about to get even better as Selke made it three goals in two appearances against Serbia next time out, although on this occasion Germany had to settle for a draw – something the striker, and his team, quickly put right in their final group game. Again both were quickly out of the blocks, Selke striking in the third minute against Ukraine and adding a second just past the hour to wrap up first place in Group B.
That set up a semi-final against Austria, who had no answer to Germany's attacking arsenal. Selke had to wait until the 20th minute to open his account, his sixth goal of the finals setting up a 4-0 victory. That proved to be the striker's final goal of the tournament, Hany Mukhtar settling the final with Portugal – although he had already equalled Álvaro Morata's all-time finals record tally of six goals from 2010/11 and Borko Veselinović's season-best of 11 in 2004/05.
Of more relevance to the striker was the team's success. "It doesn't matter so much if I scored or not – I'm so happy for the team," he said. "I'm so proud to be part of this team and I'm so overwhelmed. This is enormous, enormous. It's massive for the team and massive for Germany. I'm happy for the team and the country. We're very lucky that we've represented Germany in a good way: two trophies in one summer [after the FIFA World Cup] – I know this is a youth title but it's amazing."
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