Euro Under-21 Championship - Semi-Finals
Portugal U215Germany U210

Portugal U21 5-0 Germany U21

Bernardo Silva
Monaco forward Bernardo Silva scored five times for Portugal in qualifying for the finals

Portugal reached the final of the European Under-21 Championship for only the second time thanks to a remarkable semi-final win over Germany.

They will now play Sweden in Prague in the final on 30 June after Sweden also caused an upset to beat Denmark 4-1.

Portugal led Germany 3-0 at half-time through Bernardo Silva's fierce strike, a Ricardo tap-in and Ivan Cavaleiro's curling shot into the top corner.

Joao Mario's deflected shot and Joao Cancelo's flick completed the rout.

Portugal, who lost in the 1994 final to Italy, had beaten England 1-0 as they topped Group B but started the semi-final as underdogs as Germany looked to repeat their success in the 2009 tournament.

But Germany, who had substitute Leonardo Bittencourt sent off for a second yellow card late on, were totally outplayed as they lost for the first time in 15 competitive matches with their heaviest defeat at under-21 level.

Ivan Cavaleiro celebrates scoring against Germany
Ivan Cavaleiro scored Portugal's third goal as they extended their unbeaten run to 15 games
Disgruntled Germany goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen
Germany exit the competition with just one win - the same total as England

Denmark U21 1-4 Sweden U21

Sweden secured their place against Portugal in the final as late goals from substitute Robin Quaison and captain Oscar Hiljemark killed off Denmark's attempted fightback.

First-half goals from former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, from the penalty spot, and Simon Tibbling had given the Swedes a a 2-0 lead before Uffe Bech poked the ball home after 63 minutes to give Denmark brief hope.

Sweden had been beaten 1-0 by England in the group stage of the competition and needed a late equaliser from Tibbling in their final game against Portugal to make it into the last four for the first time since they hosted the competition in 2009.

Tibbling was on target again with a calm finish three minutes after Guidetti, who spent last season on loan at Celtic, had opened the scoring following a push by Alexander Scholz on Issac Thelin.

Denmark had topped Group A with two wins from three games but 23 years and a day since their senior side won the European Championship in Sweden they were unable to sustain hopes of a repeat as Quaison drove the ball home seven minutes from time and with the last kick of the game Hiljemark slotted in at the far post.

Sweden's John Guidetti celebrates scoring for Sweden's under-21s
John Guidetti is without a club after being released by Manchester City this summer.

Line-ups

Portugal U21

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 2EsgaioBooked at 17mins
  • 4Rodrigues de Oliveira
  • 14Figueiredo
  • 5GuerreiroSubstituted forCanceloat 64'minutes
  • 6William Carvalho
  • 23João Mário
  • 8Oliveira
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFerreira da Silvaat 50'minutes
  • 18CavaleiroSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 45'minutes
  • 21Ricardo Pereira

Substitutes

  • 7Ferreira da Silva
  • 9Paciencia
  • 11Medeiros
  • 12Heuer Fernandes
  • 13Cancelo
  • 15Venâncio
  • 16Neves
  • 17Cardoso Mané
  • 19da Luz Horta
  • 20Pinheiro de Carvalho
  • 22Semedo Varela

Germany U21

  • 12ter Stegen
  • 2KorbSubstituted forKlausat 87'minutes
  • 4Ginter
  • 22Heintz
  • 3Günter
  • 6GeisSubstituted forMeyerat 45'minutes
  • 19Younes
  • 17KimmichBooked at 23mins
  • 11Can
  • 5SchulzSubstituted forBittencourtat 50'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 9Volland

Substitutes

  • 1Leno
  • 7Bittencourt
  • 8Malli
  • 10Leitner
  • 13Hofmann
  • 14Demirbay
  • 15Gnabry
  • 16Knoche
  • 18Arnold
  • 20Meyer
  • 21Klaus
  • 23Horn
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugal U21Away TeamGermany U21
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal U21 5, Germany U21 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal U21 5, Germany U21 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Ricardo Pereira (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dominique Heintz (Germany U21).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany U21. Felix Klaus replaces Julian Korb.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

  8. Post update

    João Cancelo (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Mário with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Portugal U21. Conceded by Christian Günter.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany U21).

  12. Post update

    Ricardo Horta (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

  14. Post update

    Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Germany U21).

  16. Post update

    William Carvalho (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Leonardo Bittencourt (Germany U21).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

  20. Post update

    Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 27th June 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark U2132014406
2Germany U2131205235
3Czech Rep U2131116334
4Serbia U21301217-61

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal U2131202115
2Sweden U2131113304
3Italy U2131114314
4England U21310224-23
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