Final - 30/06/2015 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Eden Stadium - Prague
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Sweden win 4-3 on penalties 

Sweden - Portugal 0-0 - 30/06/2015 - Match page - Under-21 2015

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Spot-on Sweden beat Portugal to win U21 EURO

Published: Tuesday 30 June 2015, 23.46CET
Sweden 0-0 Portugal (aet, Sweden win 4-3 on pens)
Goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren was the hero for Sweden, saving twice in the shoot-out to earn his country a first European Under-21 title.
by Tom Kell
from Eden Stadium

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Match statistics

SwedenPortugal

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts12
 
22
on target3
 
4
off target8
 
11
blocked1
 
7
against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
9
Offsides0
6
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
16

Standings

Published: Tuesday 30 June 2015, 23.46CET

Spot-on Sweden beat Portugal to win U21 EURO

Sweden 0-0 Portugal (aet, Sweden win 4-3 on pens)
Goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren was the hero for Sweden, saving twice in the shoot-out to earn his country a first European Under-21 title.

Sweden beat Portugal 4-3 on penalties to claim first U21 EURO title
Sweden's Patrik Carlgren saves spot kicks from Ricardo Esgaio and William Carvalho
Game finishes goalless after extra time, Portugal's Sérgio Oliveira going closest
Both teams had lost to Italy in early 1990s in only previous U21 final appearances
First shoot-out in an U21 final since the Czech Republic beat France in 2002

Sweden are the new Under-21 champions of Europe after defeating Portugal on penalties at the Eden Stadium in Prague. After a goalless 120 minutes, spot kicks were required to separate the sides, Sweden prevailing in front of their bank of blue-and-yellow-clad fans thanks to two fine stops from Patrik Carlgren.

Portugal might have known. Rewind almost three months to the day and they suffered their most recent defeat, 1-0 against the Czech Republic, at this same stadium. They struck the crossbar three times that night, so it was ominous for them when Sérgio Oliveira's 20-metre free-kick cannoned off that same piece of woodwork seven minutes in.

Ricardo had already rustled the side netting by then, but Sweden are no strangers to soaking up early pressure and were soon doing what they do best. Even Håkan Ericson had conceded on Monday that "we sometimes have a game plan to let the opposition have the ball", so the fact they had just 38% of first-half possession would have given him little cause for alarm. They also threatened themselves, though Isaac Kiese Thelin's header and Simon Tibbling's shot were both comfortable enough for José Sá.

Håkan Ericson in 'paradise'

Ericson replaced Felip Helander with Joseph Baffo at the break due to a knee injury, but his central pairing at the other end combined as well as ever, Kiese Thelin's cute knockdown teeing up John Guidetti for an adroit first-time effort which whistled over. Though Rui Jorge was soon forced into a substitution of his own, captain Sérgio Oliveira the man to go off, replacement Tozé was swift to test Carlgren from range.

The Swedes' No6, Oscar Lewicki, has been described as the team's "cleaning woman" (stådgumma), and he barely left a blemish even against a direct opponent as authoritative as William. It was Portugal's own midfield enforcer, however, who briefly asserted himself soon after the hour, using his strength to free another substitute, Iuri Medeiros, down the right, only for the No11 to curl his shot narrowly wide.

And then, we thought, came 'Sweden Time'. Four of the Blågult's seven tournament goals had come in the 83rd minute or later; last-gasp heroics twice saved them en route to the Czech Republic. It so nearly happened again, Guidetti thwarted by Sá, but this time they were to leave it even later than normal.

Bernardo Silva: It's hard to take

Any suggestion the extra 30 minutes would prove a step too far were soon dispatched, Abdullah Khalili bending one attempt agonisingly wide as Sweden started to assume the ascendancy. It should scarcely have been a surprise considering Ericson had promised his players could "run and run and run, and run again".

They can walk, too, that high-pressure stroll from centre circle to penalty spot providing little difficulty. Even with a first European crown on the line, Carlgren and his team-mates defied the odds one more time to the undiluted joy of the supporters who had urged them noisily on behind that same goal. How appropriate it was that Swedish Football Association (SvFF) president Karl-Erik Nilsson's pre-tournament programme notes had been titled 'Sweden performing under pressure'.

Last updated: 01/07/15 8.53CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Portugal

Portugal

1
CarlgrenPatrik Carlgren (GK)
1
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
2
LindelöfVictor Lindelöf
Yellow Card112 ET
2
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
3
MilosevicAleksander Milosevic
3
Tiago IloriTiago Ilori
4
HelanderFilip Helander
Substitution46
4
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
5
AugustinssonLudwig Augustinsson
5
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
6
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho
7
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark (C)
8
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira (C)
Substitution54
8
KhaliliAbdullah Khalili
10
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
10
GuidettiJohn Guidetti
18
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution61
11
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
21
RicardoRicardo
Substitution70
16
TibblingSimon Tibbling
Substitution66
23
João MárioJoão Mário

Substitutes

12
RinneJacob Rinne (GK)
12
Daniel FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
9
HrgotaBranimir Hrgota
7
Rafa SilvaRafa Silva
13
ZeneliArber Zeneli
9
Gonçalo PaciênciaGonçalo Paciência
Substitution70
14
IshakMikael Ishak
11
Iuri MedeirosIuri Medeiros
Substitution61
15
OlssonKristoffer Olsson
13
João CanceloJoão Cancelo
17
BaffoJoseph Baffo
Substitution46
Yellow Card110 ET
14
Tobias FigueiredoTobias Figueiredo
18
HolménSebastian Holmén
15
Frederico VenâncioFrederico Venâncio
19
LarssonSam Larsson
16
Rúben NevesRúben Neves
20
QuaisonRobin Quaison
Substitution66
17
Carlos ManéCarlos Mané
21
KonatePa Konate
19
Ricardo HortaRicardo Horta
22
GustafsonSimon Gustafson
20
TozéTozé
Substitution54
23
LindeAndreas Linde (GK)
22
Bruno VarelaBruno Varela (GK)

Coach

Håkan Ericson (SWE) Rui Jorge (POR)

Referee

Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant referees

Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)

Fourth official

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)

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