Denmark U21s 1-4 Sweden U21s

Sweden booked their place in the U21 European Championship Final against Portugal following a 4-1 defeat of Scandinavian neighbours Denmark, although they did not dominate the game as the score suggests. Denmark started the brighter of the two, but struggled in the final third. In the 23rd minute, Scholz and Thelin came together in the Danish area and the referee had no hesitation that it was a foul, pointing to the spot immediately. Guidetti rolled the ball home, sending the keeper the wrong way. Four minutes later and Sweden doubled their lead, as Knudsen slipped and the ball reached Tibbling who made no mistake.

Denmark pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute through Bech; the Swedish defence seemed to think the ball had gone out when hooked back in and switched off. After bouncing around, the ball fell to Bech, who stabbed the ball into the net. Denmark threatened after this goal, but a couple of heavy touches in the area prevented them from being able to convert further chances. Sweden wrapped the game up in the 84 minute through a good finish from Quaison, before Hiljemark added the final with the last kick of the game after a Swedish counter attack.

Sweden are well organised without the ball, but offered relatively little in the way of creativity. The creativity of the Portuguese midfield is likely to see them win the tournament.


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