Sweden through to semis after beating Denmark

Sweden 1-0 Denmark Filippa Angeldal converted a first-half penalty in a game of few chances as Sweden sealed a place in the last four.

Filippa Angeldal celebrates with Sweden captain Anna Oskarsson
Filippa Angeldal celebrates with Sweden captain Anna Oskarsson ©Sportsfile

• Sweden through to semis and seal U-20 World Cup spot after second win
• Filippa Angeldal scores 35th-minute penalty after foul on Stina Blackstenius
• Spot kick was one of only two shots on target
• Sweden will dispute top spot in Group A with France on Tuesday; Denmark are out
Next matches: Denmark v Israel, Sweden v France (Tuesday)

Sweden are through to the WU19 EURO semi-finals after ending Denmark's ambitions with a tight 1-0 win.

In a game of few chances, when defensive parsimony trumped expansive attacking, Filippa Angeldal took hers when it came from the penalty spot on 35 minutes. It was the game's first shot on target and there was only one after as Sweden booked a last-four spot and with it a place at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Denmark are out.

The first half was especially taut, with Denmark in particular defending in number and neither team willing to commit too much to attack. The isolated forwards were game, opportunistically foraging like the hooded crows behind both goals, but there was little hint of a reward for 34 minutes.

Stina Blackstenius broke Denmark's resolve, turning sharply on the edge of the box and attracting a challenge from right-back Emilie Henriksen that sent her tumbling. Up stepped Angeldal, sending her penalty high into the roof of the net. Now Denmark, who lost their opener to France, were forced out of their shell.

Søren Randa-Boldt's side came out early for the second half, with substitute Sofie Broch-Lips among them – a signal for change. Denmark pushed up, and by the end they were playing a 3-2-5, but a yellow wall met them each time. Sarah Hansen and Amalie Vangsgaard both threatened, while at the other end Naja Bahrenscheer pulled off a fine point-blank save to keep her side in it. To no avail.

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Calle Barrling, Sweden coach: "My team were tactically brilliant, it's the Swedish way. We played just as we planned and so did Denmark. A typical Nordic derby between two sides that know each other very well. We're both very strong in our method, very tactical, and when it is like that there are seldom many chances. Denmark made it tough for us; we made it tough for them. In the end it was a bit tense – it's not every year you can reach the World Cup."

Søren Randa-Boldt, Denmark coach: "Sweden were very difficult to play against, very organised. We didn't use the flanks as much as we could have, and we couldn't play the ball in behind the forwards. And we didn't score. We had one or two big chances and if you want points in a European championship you need to take them. We weren't good enough. Against Israel we want three points. We don't want to leave here without them."

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