Sweden 0-0 Portugal (4-3 on pens): Swedes claim first ever European Under-21 Championship title

first_img1 2015 European Under-21 Championship winners Sweden celebrate Sweden beat the odds to claim their first ever European Under-21 Championship title with a tense penalty shoot-out victory over favourites Portugal in Prague.The teams, who finished top of Group B at the expense of England, thrilled fans with an entertaining contest but couldn’t be separated over 120 minutes.Fresh from condemning Germany to their heaviest ever defeat in the semi-finals, few thought the Scandinavians would be capable of stopping Portugal – after all, the Swedes were the only team England managed to beat.Yet an incredible, battling display frustrated Rui Jorge’s side and took the match to penalties, where William Carvalho – one of the stars of the tournament – saw his spot-kick saved by Patrik Carlgren as Sweden secured their first ever men’s UEFA youth title.It was a remarkable turn of events at the Eden Stadium, where Portugal’s explosive start petered out against the side who finished runners-up to them in Group B.Sweden only progressed into the knock-out stage after a late equaliser against the Portuguese in their final group game and they certainly took advantage, with former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, who starred in the semi-final win over rivals Denmark, coming close from snatching victory within 90 minutes.Instead, it went to extra time and then penalties, when the sea of yellow fans burst into wild celebrations after Sporting Lisbon starlet – and Arsenal target – Carvalho failed to convert from the spot.last_img

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