Russia U21 1-2 Germany U21: Rudy on the spot as Rainer Adrion's side avoid wooden spoon

Alan Dzagoev put the Russians in front but Georgi Schennikov's red card proved pivotal in Group B's final fixture
Germany avoided finishing bottom of Group B at Euro 2013 after a 2-1 win over Russia on Wednesday.

Alan Dzagoev put Nikolai Pisarev's side in front in the first quarter of the match, but a red card for Georgi Schennikov swung proceedings in Germany's favour, and strikes from Kevin Volland and Sebastian Rudy sealed the first points of the tournament for Rainer Adrion's charges.

Both teams named their strongest sides in a bid to save face and senior international Dzagoev fired Russia in front with 22 minutes gone, thanks to a slick one-two with Shota Bibilov after the Germans failed to clear their lines properly.

Volland looked lively for Germany throughout and spurned a couple of good chances before turning provider for Patrick Herrmann by providing a sumptuous cross for his team-mate to slot in after 34 minutes.

The turning point in the game arrived in the 39th minute as Schennikov was sent off for Russia six minutes before the break for a foul on Tony Jantschke.

The red card took the wind out of the Russians' sails and Germany took a deserved lead after Herrmann was fouled by opposition captain Taras Burlak, with Rudy converting the penalty.

Russia threw everything at the Germans and wasted some great chances to equalise in the last 10 minutes but were left empty-handed and rock-bottom of Group B at the final whistle.