Semi-finals - 05/06/2004 - 18:15CET (18:15 local time) - Niederrhein - Oberhausen
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Serbia and Montenegro win 6-5 on penalties 

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Penalties decide epic semi-final

Published: Saturday 5 June 2004, 23.00CET
Sweden 1-1 Serbia and Montenegro (5-6 on penalties) An added-time equaliser and spot-kicks settle the tie.

Match statistics

SwedenSerbia and Montenegro

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 5 June 2004, 23.00CET

Penalties decide epic semi-final

Sweden 1-1 Serbia and Montenegro (5-6 on penalties) An added-time equaliser and spot-kicks settle the tie.

By Tim Dykes in the Stadion Niederrhein

Serbia and Montenegro secured their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final and with it a ticket to the Olympic Games after defeating Sweden on penalties in Oberhausen.

Frantic finish
A calm 35th-minute finish from Sweden's Babis Stefanidis looked to have been enough to eliminate Vladimir Petrovic's side but a thunderous 90th-minute drive from Milos Maric took the game into extra-time and after all ten regulation spot-kicks were scored, Stefanidis had his sudden-death attempt saved by Nikola Milojevic to give Serbia and Montenegro the narrowest of victories.

Nine changes
Sweden coach Torbjörn Nilsson switched back to a full-strength lineup, with only Tobias Hysén and Patrik Gerrbrand from the side that won against Switzerland retaining their starting places. Vladimir Petrovic made three changes to the Serbia and Montenegro team that started in the win against Belarus, bringing in defender Branislav Ivanovic, midfield player Nikola Mijailovic and NK Zagreb striker Radomir Djalovic.

Terrific tackle
Although Johan Elmander's strong running and close control caused the Serbo-Montenegrin defence problems from the referee's first whistle, it was Petrovic's side that enjoyed the lion's share of early possession and only a perfectly executed tackle by Gerrbrand denied Djalovic a chance to open the scoring with the game just eleven minutes old.

Ishizaki intervention
Maric's industry in midfield fuelled the Serbia and Montenegro side as they dominated the second quarter of an hour. Andrija Delibasic saw his powerful 20-metre free-kick tipped over the bar by John Alvbåge, then Dragan Stancic steered a low effort just wide of the Swedish goalkeeper's left-hand post and Delibasic's goalbound header from Maric's corner was headed off the line by Stefan Ishizaki.

Stefanidis strikes
The pendulum soon swung in the Swedes' favour, however, and seconds after Hysén sidefooted straight at Milojevic having been played in by Ishizaki's clever 34th-minute chip, Nilsson's side took the lead. Elmander's hard work released Stefanidis and the Djurgårdens IF midfield player had time to pick his spot and tuck the ball past Milojevic.

Maric leveller
Wonderful interplay resulted in Delibasic nodding agonisingly wide of the target as the pace of the game increased after the interval and Djalovic watched in disbelief as his header crashed against the crossbar. Next Elmander drew a fine save from Milojevic after charging through three challenges on the break and unleashing a venomous left-footed drive. But just as Sweden sensed a place in the final, Maric delighted the bank of Serbo-Montenegrin fans with his sweet finish.

Woodwork struck
In a pulsating period of extra-time, Maric had a curling effort deflected on to the woodwork and Milovanovic had a penalty appeal turned down before Ishizaki clipped a free-kick against the post at the other end and Markus Rosenberg, on for Elmander, was denied at point-blank range with the follow-up. Both sides battled gamely, but in the end only spot-kicks could separate them.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.38CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

1
AlvbågeJohn Alvbåge (GK)
1
MilojevićNikola Milojević (GK)
2
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
2
StančićDragan Stančić
Substitution82
3
DorsinMikael Dorsin
3
MijailovićNikola Mijailović
6
StenmanFredrik Stenman
5
JokićDjordje Jokić
Yellow Card86
7
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
6
BašaMarko Baša
8
HolménSamuel Holmén
Yellow Card67
8
LovreGoran Lovre
Substitution47
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Substitution84
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
13
JönssonJon Jönsson
10
MarićMiloš Marić
Goal90+1
14
StefanidisHaralampos Stefanidis
Goal36
16
BiševacMilan Biševac
17
HysénTobias Hysén
Substitution72
19
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card41
18
GerrbandPatrik Gerrband
Substitution79
21
DjalovićRadomir Djalović

Substitutes

12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
12
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
22
SandqvistJonas Sandqvist (GK)
4
KrasićMiloš Krasić
4
MelanderDennis Melander
11
MatićIgor Matić
5
Per NilssonPer Nilsson
Substitution79
13
NeziriBojan Neziri
10
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
Substitution72
14
MiladinovićBojan Miladinović
Substitution82
Yellow Card82
11
A JohanssonAndreas Johansson
15
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
15
AnderssonJohan Andersson
17
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution47
16
JärdlerChristian Järdler
18
PetrovicBranimir Petrovic
19
NilssonLasse Nilsson
20
JankovićBoško Janković
20
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution84
21
DjurićDušan Djurić

Coach

Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE) Vladimir Petrović (SRB)

Referee

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Drysdale (ENG), Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP)

Fourth official

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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