Semi-finals - 26/06/2009 - 18:00CET (18:00 local time) - Gamla Ullevi - Gothenburg
3-3
England win 5-4 on penalties 

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England prevail in Gothenburg thriller

Published: Saturday 27 June 2009, 0.45CET
England 3-3 Sweden (aet, England win 5-4 on penalties)
England held their nerves to book their place in the final after the hosts had forced extra time with a rousing three-goal comeback.
by Andrew Haslam
from Gamla Ullevi
England prevail in Gothenburg thriller
England celebrate winning a tense penalty shoot-out ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EnglandSweden

Goals scored3
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
9
Attempts off target4
 
10
Corners6
 
11
Fouls committed21
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 27 June 2009, 0.45CET

England prevail in Gothenburg thriller

England 3-3 Sweden (aet, England win 5-4 on penalties)
England held their nerves to book their place in the final after the hosts had forced extra time with a rousing three-goal comeback.

England will play in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final for the first time since 1984 after surviving a rousing three-goal Sweden comeback to oust the hosts in a penalty shoot-out following an epic meeting in Gothenburg.

Set-piece fallibility
Neither side has an impressive semi-final record, England losing five of their previous seven ties – including in a shoot-out to hosts the Netherlands two years ago – while Sweden had won only one of three. The weight of history initially sat lighter on England's shoulders as they ruthlessly exposed Sweden's inability to defend corners in the first period, Martin Cranie, Nedum Onuoha and a Mattias Bjärsmyr own goal seemingly putting them in Monday's final. Marcus Berg's 68th-minute strike revived the Swedish challenge, however, Ola Toivonen adding another before Berg turned in a sensational equaliser nine minutes from time. England lost substitute Fraizer Campbell to a red card in the first additional period and Berg was denied his hat-trick by the crossbar in the second before the drama of the shoot-out, where Guillermo Molins hit the post with Sweden's sixth kick to send England through to a final against Germany.

First-minute stunner
Much had been made in the build-up of Sweden's fallibility at set-pieces and within 60 seconds that weakness was exposed, Cranie left unmarked to collect James Milner's right-wing corner and fire in. The Sweden fans were out in force, many sporting shirts with Larsson, Ljungberg and Ibrahimović on the back, but it is a new generation of stars who have caught the imagination in this tournament and they responded well, Toivonen drawing a diving stop from Joe Hart with a curling free-kick.

Onuoha on target
Berg, the tournament's top scorer, then temporarily misplaced his radar, directing a header too high from a Rasmus Elm cross. The signs were promising for the hosts but once again a failure to defend set-pieces cost them dear in the 27th minute, Onuoha steering a shot inside the post despite the attentions of a posse of defenders. Seven minutes before half-time England won their fourth corner, and duly converted it. Although Johan Dahlin punched away the initial kick, Theo Walcott retrieved the ball and swung in a cross that was flicked on by Lee Cattermole, the unfortunate Bjärsmyr diverting beyond his own goalkeeper.

Dramatic fightback
Cattermole came close to adding a fourth before Molins cleared Cranie's header off the line from another Milner corner to keep Swedish hopes alive. The substitute then had an impact at the other end, crossing for Berg to turn in and revive the home crowd, and the Gamla Ullevi was jumping when Toivonen beat Hart with a free-kick 15 minutes from time. Another Molins cross was flicked back by the third substitute Robin Söder for the ever-alert Berg to thump into the roof of the net and complete an extraordinary fightback, although Mikael Lustig might have won it without the need for extra time, heading over from a 90th-minute free-kick.

Extra-time drama
The additional period brought no shortage of drama, and a red card for Campbell for a second bookable offence. Berg met Gustav Svensson's cross with a looping header that rebounded off the crossbar with Hart motionless, the goalkeeper also touching Harbuzi's shot over as England clung on for penalties. There Milner and Berg both failed with their sides' first attempts, but thereafter the conversion was faultless until Molins struck Hart's right-hand post with the 12th kick. England's triumph came at a cost: Campbell, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Hart – cautioned during the shoot-out – will be suspended for Monday's final in Malmo.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.26CET

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Lineups

England

England

Sweden

Sweden

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
Yellow Card44
1
DahlinJohan Dahlin (GK)
2
CranieMartin Cranie
Goal1
2
LustigMikael Lustig
4
CattermoleLee Cattermole
3
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr (C)
Goal38
6
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
Goal27
4
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
7
MilnerJames Milner
5
JohanssonEmil Johansson
Substitution75
9
AgbonlahorGabriel Agbonlahor
Yellow Card23
Substitution60
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Goal75
10
NobleMark Noble (C)
Substitution70
8
LandgrenAndreas Landgren
Substitution46
12
MuambaFabrice Muamba
Substitution116 ET
9
BergMarcus Berg
Goal68
Goal81
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
13
SvenssonGustav Svensson
17
RichardsMicah Richards
17
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Substitution46
19
GibbsKieran Gibbs
18
ElmRasmus Elm

Substitutes

13
LewisJoe Lewis (GK)
12
HanssonPär Hansson (GK)
22
LoachScott Loach (GK)
23
NordfeldtKristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)
3
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
6
KarlssonPer Karlsson
5
StearmanRichard Stearman
10
AvdicDenni Avdic
8
GardnerCraig Gardner
11
SöderRobin Söder
Substitution75
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution116 ET
14
MolinsGuillermo Molins
Substitution46
15
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution70
15
HarbuziLabinot Harbuzi
Substitution46
16
TomkinsJames Tomkins
16
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
18
MancienneMichael Mancienne
21
ÖzkanGabriel Özkan
20
DriverAndrew Driver
22
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
21
CampbellFraizer Campbell
Substitution60
Yellow Card84
Red Card104 ET
23
RoseDanny Rose

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

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