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Depleted Denmark draw with Sweden

Denmark 2-2 Sweden
Denmark overcame an early red card and six absentees with the senior squad to draw against their fellow finalists.

Håkan Ericson saw his Sweden side held in Denmark
Håkan Ericson saw his Sweden side held in Denmark ©Getty Images

Nicolai Brock-Madsen gets both Denmark goals as they draw with ten men
Simon Gustafsson scores late equaliser for fellow finalists Sweden
John Guidetti opens scoring with penalty, his tenth goal for Sweden U21s
Denmark missing key players in senior squad to face Serbia on Saturday

Denmark overcame an early red card for central defender Patrick Banggaard to hold fellow UEFA European Under-21 Championship participants Sweden to a 2-2 draw at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.

From the off the home team were domiant, but not long after Uffe Bech hit the crossbar on 16 minutes, Sweden's John Guidetti was brought down in the area, leading to Banggaard's dismissal. Guidetti scored from the spot but almost instantly Nicolai Brock-Madsen made it 1-1 after a corner from the right.

Despite their man disadvantage, Denmark continued to have the majority of the chances but a shot off the post from Riza Durmisi was the closest they got, until the Brøndby IF full-back himself was fouled for a 66th-minute penalty. Brock-Madsen converted, only for substitute Simon Gustafsson to equalise for Sweden with four minutes to go.

Denmark, who will have Jannick Vestergaard, Andreas Christensen, Pierre Emile Højbjerg, Pione Sisto, Viktor Fischer and Yussuf Poulsen back from senior service for the finals in the Czech Republic, open Group A against the hosts in Prague on Wednesday. The following day Sweden begin Group B when they face italy in Olomouc.

Denmark: Busk (Rønnow 46), Scholz (Remmer 62), Sørensen, Banggaard, Knudsen (Durmisi 46), Vigen, Nørgaard (Gregor 69), Andersen (Jønsson 27) Bech (Dessler 30), Brock-Madsen (Marcondes 69), Falk (Juulsager 62).

Sweden: Carlgren (Rinne 63), Krafth (Ssewankambo 20), Holmén (Bergström 82), Helander (Baffo 46), Konate, Quaison, Hiljemark (Gustafsson 77), Lewicki (Larsson 46), Khalili (Olsson 63), Ishak (Hrgota 46), Guidetti (Zeneli 77).