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Elmander excels in Mannheim

Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 0.51CET
Sweden 3-1 Portugal Johan Elmander scores twice as Sweden overcome a torrid first half-hour to triumph.

Match statistics

SwedenPortugal

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Sweden Sweden11003123
2Germany Germany11002113
3Switzerland Switzerland100112-10
4Portugal Portugal100113-20

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 0.51CET

Elmander excels in Mannheim

Sweden 3-1 Portugal Johan Elmander scores twice as Sweden overcome a torrid first half-hour to triumph.

Sweden overcame a torrid start to begin their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign with three points in their Group B opener.

Cool finishes
It was Portugal who scored first through Hugo Almeida, just reward for early domination, but Swedish captain Johan Elmander produced cool finishes either side of half-time, and then made a goal for substitute Stefan Ishizaki to wrap up victory for Torbjörn Nilsson's side.

Potent partnership
Both teams are aiming for their first overall triumph in this competition, and named strong sides. With Elmander missing out on Sweden's UEFA EURO 2004™ squad, he was able to continue his potent partnership with Haralampos Stefanidis, while Ricardo Costa played in the Portugal defence two days after watching from the bench as his FC Porto side won the UEFA Champions League final 3-0 against AS Monaco FC.

Early pressure
Portugal began at a rate of knots, showing their trademark fluent passing, and could have been more than 1-0 up at the half-hour mark. Five minutes in only a last-ditch tackle from Patrik Gerrband prevented a Hugo Almeida shot, and the Portuguese forward placed the ball over after a Mário Sérgio cross soon after.

Portugal ahead
Mário Sérgio, Lourenço and Hugo Almeida were all proving creative threats for Portugal, but Sweden's defending was staunch and chances were sparse. However, on 28 minutes, the goal finally came when Hugo Viana sent a beautiful pass from deep to the scurrying Mário Sérgio on the right. The deep cross allowed Hugo Almeida to scoop a header past the grasp of Swedish goalkeeper John Alvbåge.

Elmander equalises
Carlos Martins then shot just wide, but with ten minutes to go in the half Sweden seemed to wake up. Stefanidis was taking the game by the scruff of the net, and he made a fine equaliser as he broke from inside his own half and sent a pass into the path of Elmander, who calmly finished.

Swedish surge
The second half began like the first, with Portugal in possession. Carlos Martins jinked past half-time arrival Ishizaki but shot over, but not long after this 49th-minute effort Sweden were ahead. Elmander was again the scorer. Johan Andersson pounced on the ball in midfield and sent a fine through-ball to the Brøndby IF summer signing, who took his time and sent an angled shot into the goal.

Bosingwa effort
Danny and Custódio were introduced by Portugal as they sought to turn the game, and just before the hour Bosingwa sent in a speeding, curling shot from 35 metres that Alvbåge did superbly to save. Jorge Ribeiro also sent a bending effort past the far post, but 19 minutes from the end came a huge blow.

Final blow
Elmander turned inside Ricardo Costa and squared the ball to Ishizaki, whose shot from outside the area sailed above Moreira and in. Mário Sérgio then rattled the crossbar with a free-kick, but despite all Portugal's fine moves and forward motion, they could not reduce the deficit.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Portugal

Portugal

1
AlvbågeJohn Alvbåge (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
2
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
2
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
3
DorsinMikael Dorsin
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
6
StenmanFredrik Stenman
Yellow Card66
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
8
HolménSamuel Holmén
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
9
ElmanderJohan Elmander (C)
Goal40
Goal50
Substitution79
6
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
14
StefanidisHaralampos Stefanidis
8
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution55
15
AnderssonJohan Andersson
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal28
18
GerrbandPatrik Gerrband
10
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution56
21
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution45
11
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro

Substitutes

12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
12
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
22
SandqvistJonas Sandqvist (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
4
MelanderDennis Melander
7
Pedro OliveiraPedro Oliveira
5
NilssonPer Nilsson
13
Pedro RibeiroPedro Ribeiro
7
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
Substitution45
Goal71
14
João PauloJoão Paulo
10
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
11
A JohanssonAndreas Johansson
16
João PereiraJoão Pereira
16
JärdlerChristian Järdler
17
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
17
HysénTobias Hysén
18
CustódioCustódio
Substitution55
19
NilssonLasse Nilsson
19
CarlitosCarlitos
Substitution63
20
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution79
20
DannyDanny
Substitution56

Coach

Torbjörn Nilsson (SWE) José Pratas Romão (POR)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE)

Fourth official

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

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