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All the reaction: Portugal 1-1 Sweden

Published: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 23.54CET
There was no shortage of smiles or superlatives as Sweden and Portugal coaches and players reflected on a job well done – a point taking both into the semi-finals.
by Nuno Tavares
from City Stadium
 

Match statistics

PortugalSweden

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts15
 
9
on target5
 
5
off target5
 
4
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
1
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
9

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:59 CET
Published: Wednesday 24 June 2015, 23.54CET

All the reaction: Portugal 1-1 Sweden

There was no shortage of smiles or superlatives as Sweden and Portugal coaches and players reflected on a job well done – a point taking both into the semi-finals.

Håkan Ericson, Sweden coach
It's fantastic [to reach the semi-finals]. It's a dream and it's a long-term target that I had with this team. The first time we met two and a half years ago we said that we would try together to do well in this tournament and now we are here, it is incredible. We had a plan, a strategy, that if we have to go for a goal in the last minutes then we will and it's the second time it has happened this way.

I wouldn't have thought a month or two ago that we would be playing Denmark. We played them in our last [friendly] before the tournament so we know how they play, and they know how we play so it's very interesting.

Rui Jorge, Portugal coach
I think that in the first 20 minutes we could have gained an advantage in the game and even a comfortable one. We didn't manage to score but I still believe we played really well during the first half. We enjoyed a lot of quality moments during that period. In the second half it was a more balanced game. I'd said to the players before the match that the Sweden team is quite dangerous in the last minutes of a match.

When those dying moments arrived they played a more direct game. They qualified from the play-offs with a goal just like that in the last minutes of the match [against France]. We were prepared for this type of approach, of trying to score a late goal. In the end we managed a good result that's very positive for us.

Now we expect more of the same against Germany [in the last four]. We haven't had an easy game in the tournament so far and that will be the same again against a very good team. We're getting closer to the final and that only means that it's getting tougher for us and the other teams left in the competition.

We never said we are favourites to win the tournament and we shouldn't say that because it's not a reality. I have tried several times to say that in my view the teams are very even, there are no favourites here only games that can go your way or their way. You always need a bit of luck to be successful and we have had our share so far. Having said that we are where we always wanted to be and we are looking forward to everything that is still ahead of us.

Gonçalo Paciência, Portugal goalscorer
It was great to score my first goal for the U21 team in such an important game, and it was even more important for us as we were in a very dangerous situation – drawing at that time.

Sweden had already threatened to do this in their past matches and it's not a coincidence that they managed to qualify for this tournament by scoring late goals. We were aware of that situation and fortunately we were able to hang on to the result that enables us to achieve our objective. I want to congratulate Sweden for their qualification because they deserved to get through.

The match between Portugal and Germany will almost be like a final. They have a great team but we have a fantastic group of players that work very hard every single day.

Victor Lindelöf, Sweden defender
It was very special for me. We’ve got through to the semi-finals. We’ve shown this courage before. This team is unbelievable. The players all run a lot and fight for each other. We’ll get some rest before the Denmark game.

Last updated: 29/06/15 15.19CET

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