Germany and their goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen opened the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, held in the Czech Republic, with a 1–1 draw against Serbia. The FC Barcelona goalkeeper was chosen by coach Horst Hrubesch despite competition from Bern Leno.
In a balanced match that began badly for the Germans, Filip Djuricic advanced Serbs after 8 minutes on a brilliant individual play. Emre Can worked some magic of his own to draw Germany back level in the 17th.
Barça man ter Stegen demonstrated his agile footwork and gave the German defense reason to remain tranquil. Germany went a man down 69 minutes for two bookings on Christian Günter. Germany continued to push hard for victory until the end, but came away without the reward they were seeking.
The next game for Marc-Andre ter Stegen's squad will be Saturday against Denmark. Then, on Wednesday, Germany will close out the group stage against the Czech Republic. The top two teams in the Group will qualify for the semi-finals of the eight-team tournament.