The secret behind Germany's U21 Euro semi-final penalty shoot-out win over England
Last Updated: 28/06/17 12:07pm
Germany's U21 goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck used an interesting tactic in his side's penalty shoot-out win against England in the European U21 Championship semi-finals on Tuesday.
The Germans edged out Aidy Boothroyd's men 4-3 on penalties after the game had ended all square at 2-2 following 120 minutes of action at the Stadion Miejski in Tychy.
And it was Hamburg goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck who proved to be Germany's hero after the 22-year-old shot-stopper kept out efforts from both Tammy Abraham and then decisively Nathan Redmond.
However, was the 'keeper helped in his penalty-saving efforts by being able to consult what appeared to be some notes that were cleverly tucked away in his shorts?
Well if so, then he was only taking a leaf out of Jens Lehmann's book after the then German No 1 used the same tactics to help his country beat Argentina on penalties at the 2006 World Cup.
Hit play to watch the above video to see Germany 'keeper Julian Pollersbeck check his notes in his team's penalty shoot-out win against England in the European U21 Championship semi-finals