A mixed display against Serbia in the opener left both Emre Can and his U21 Germany side in need of a more impressive performance against Denmark. Can hadn't been poor by any stretch, and got Germany's only goal of the match with a well-placed shot just outside the penalty area, but both player and team weren't at their most consistent against a solid Serbian squad. If they were going to keep pace in Group A, Germany needed to be more convincing against a Denmark team that defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 and sat alone atop the group.
Can and Germany delivered in spades, with the midfielder turning in a far more complete performance and again getting himself involved on the scoresheet. His assist for Kevin Volland's opener was excellent, and he won the foul that provided the platform for Volland to extend Germany's lead to 2-0 in the second half. Can seemed more responsible without the ball as well, providing an outlet for the central defenders when Denmark pressed and showing improved discipline defensively.
He tired significantly in second half, however, and was rightly taken off with around 20 minutes left and the match well in hand. Having logged a significant number of minutes during the second half of Liverpool's season and among the more important for Germany ahead of their group play finale--in which a draw will secure progress--the rest was well deserved, and hopefully there's more to come from the promising 21-year-old this summer and over the next year.
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