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Friday, 26 June 2009

[Euro U21] Semi-Final Review

Olympia Stadium, Helsingborg
A long-range effort from defender Andreas Beck saw off Italy as Germany set up a repeat of their Group B meeting with England in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final. Beck struck three minutes into the second-half in Helsingborg and the goal proved enough to settle a semi-final tie that Pierluigi Casiraghi's Italy dominated start to finish. Germany return to the final for the first time since losing 5-4 to England over two legs in the 1982 showpiece and will meet their old rivals for the second time in the tournament after drawing 1-1 in their final group match.

SWEDEN 3-3 ENGLAND AET (Pens: 5-4)
Gamla Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
England will play in the 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. Neither side has an impressive semi-final record, England losing five of their previous seven ties 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 Bjarsmyr 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.

[Euro U21 Semi Finals]


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