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 forCavaco Canceloat 64'minutes
  • 6Carvalho
  • 23João Mário
  • 8Oliveira
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forRafa Silvaat 50'minutes
  • 18CavaleiroSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 45'minutes
  • 21Pereira

Substitutes

  • 7Rafa Silva
  • 9Paciencia
  • 11Medeiros
  • 12Heuer Fernandes
  • 13Cavaco Cancelo
  • 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

Match ends, Portugal U21 5, Germany U21 0.

Full Time

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

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

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

Foul by Dominique Heintz (Germany U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany U21. Felix Klaus replaces Julian Korb.

Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

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

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.

Corner, Portugal U21. Conceded by Christian Günter.

Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany U21).

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

Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

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

Foul by Emre Can (Germany U21).

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

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Leonardo Bittencourt (Germany U21).

Foul by Max Meyer (Germany U21).

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

Foul by Kevin Volland (Germany U21).

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

Max Meyer (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21).

Goal!

Goal! Portugal U21 5, Germany U21 0. Ricardo Horta (Portugal U21) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by João Cancelo with a cross.

Offside, Germany U21. Emre Can tries a through ball, but Max Meyer is caught offside.

Offside, Germany U21. Julian Korb tries a through ball, but Amin Younes is caught offside.

Max Meyer (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Portugal U21).

Max Meyer (Germany U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Oliveira (Portugal U21).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal U21. João Cancelo replaces Raphael Guerreiro.

Foul by Dominique Heintz (Germany U21).

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

Booking

Leonardo Bittencourt (Germany U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leonardo Bittencourt (Germany U21).

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

Attempt missed. William Carvalho (Portugal U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Raphael Guerreiro with a cross.

Foul by Julian Korb (Germany U21).

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

goal

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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