Volland captains Germany in draw with Italy

Kevin Volland captained Germany's U21 side in the opening 45 minutes of their 2-2 draw with Italy on Friday evening before being subbed off at half time by coach Horst Hrubesch. The U20 national side lost 2-1 against Poland with four TSG players on board.

Kevin Volland led Germany's U21 team onto the pitch in Paderborn's Benteler Arena. He was deployed his skipper in the centre of attack, unlike at his club where he predominantly plays down the right wing. Germany made a promising start, creating several chances early on. Volland came close to giving his team the lead but his left-footed strike went centimetres wide of the target.

Italy took the lead through Marcelo Trotta in the 39th minute following a free-kick and Volland was subbed off shortly afterwards. The game remained open in the second half and Leonardo Bittencourt equalised for Germany eleven minutes after the restart. The hosts continued to create chances but Italy were clinical in front of goal, regaining the lead in the 78th minute courtesy of Simone Verdi's strike. Germany were awarded a penalty with six minutes left on the clock and Moritz Leitner stepped up to level proceedings at 2-2.

U20s in control, Poland snatch win

Several Hoffenheim youth players were in action on Friday as well. Marvin Schwäbe, Kevin Akpoguma, Grischa Prömel and Benjamin Trümner were on U20 duty against Poland. Skipper Akpoguma led the team onto the pitch with keeper Schwäbe also making the starting XI. Prömel was brought on in the 70th minute and Trümner in the 86th minute during Poland's 2-1 victory.

Coach Frank Wormuth witnessed his side take control early on but they were unable to take advantage of this and Poland took a two goal lead (69', 74') before Marc Stendera converted a penalty in the 77th minute.

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