Euro Under-21 Championship - Final
Sweden U21Sweden U210Portugal U21Portugal U210
Sweden U21 win 4-3 on penalties

Sweden 0-0 Portugal ( win 4-3 on penalties)

By Jason MellorBBC Sport
Sweden celebrate their European Under-21 Championship final win
Sweden's previous best run in the tournament saw them beaten finalists in 1992
  • Sweden win their first Under-21 title
  • Neither side had previously won a shootout at this level
  • The first five penalties were scored
  • Portugal hit the bar early on in a game of few chances

Sweden secured their first European Under-21 Championship title thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Portugal in the Czech Republic.

Goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren's save from William Carvalho proved decisive.

Portugal dominated possession for much of the game and Sergio Oliveira hit the bar, but the teams could not be separated after two hours of football.

Both sides had each missed a penalty in the shootout before Carlgren dived to his right to deny Carvalho.

Sweden were just minutes from elimination earlier in the tournament, before a late equaliser against Portugal saw them progress from a group in which England finished bottom.

A final victory had looked unlikely for most of the first 90 minutes, as Rui Jorge's Portugal team underlined their status as favourites.

But they failed to take their chances, despite dominating possession and creating the more clear-cut openings in a contest that took time to come to life.

Sweden v Portugal
Sweden and Portugal both progressed from England's group - Gareth Southgate's men finished bottom

Sweden struggled to cope with their opponents' pace and movement, as Ricardo hit the side netting with an early left-foot shot from the edge of the area.

Oliveira came even closer inside the opening 10 minutes, the midfielder striking the bar with a long-range free-kick after a foul on Carvalho by Abdullah Khalili.

Joao Mario saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Alexander Milosevic after the forward connected with a cross from Ricardo Esgaio, as the Swedes were forced back for long periods.

The best they could manage in reply was a tame header from Isaac Kiese Thelin, as the unmarked forward met Khalili's cross at the far post but failed to test keeper Jose Sa.

Sweden began to assert themselves more in the second half, Thelin providing a neat lay-off to John Guidetti, whose volley flew narrowly over from the edge of the box.

Carlgren remained the busier keeper, and was forced into a hurried save by Toze. Within seconds, Iuri Medeiros cut in from the right to send a low curling effort inches wide.

The Swedes finished the 90 minutes strongly, and Sa had to spread himself well to keep out a low close range shot from Guidetti after the forward found a way past two defenders with five minutes left.

Thelin's curled effort almost brought the game's first goal in the first period of extra-time, as the chances dried up and penalties loomed.

After the first five were converted, Carlgren saved from regular Portuguese spot kick taker Esgaio.

Khalili failed to press home the advantage when his effort was saved, but after Victor Lindelof restored Sweden's lead, Carlgren comfortably kept out Carvalho's tired penalty to settle the contest.

Patrik Carlgren
Sweden keeper Patrik Carlgren had come in for criticism during the tournament, but his saves in the shootout proved decisive
Sweden v Portugal
Neither side had previously won a shootout at this level
Portugal
Portugal matched their best showing in the European Under-21 Championship, when they were beaten finalists in 1994
Hakan Ericson
Sweden coach Hakan Ericson celebrates his side's victory
Sweden v Portugal
The sides met for a second time in the tournament, having drawn 1-1 in the group stages

Line-ups

Sweden U21

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carlgren
  • 2Nilsson-LindelofBooked at 112mins
  • 3Milosevic
  • 4HelanderSubstituted forBaffoat 45'minutesBooked at 110mins
  • 5Augustinsson
  • 16TibblingSubstituted forQuaisonat 66'minutes
  • 7Hiljemark
  • 6Lewicki
  • 8Khalili
  • 10Guidetti
  • 11Thelin

Substitutes

  • 9Hrgota
  • 12Rinne
  • 13Zeneli
  • 14Ishak
  • 15Olsson
  • 17Baffo
  • 18Holmen
  • 19Larsson
  • 20Quaison
  • 21Konate
  • 22Gustafsson
  • 23Linde

Portugal U21

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 2Esgaio
  • 4Rodrigues de Oliveira
  • 3Ilori
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 6William Carvalho
  • 23João Mário
  • 8OliveiraSubstituted forPinheiro de Carvalhoat 54'minutes
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 18CavaleiroSubstituted forMedeirosat 61'minutes
  • 21Ricardo PereiraSubstituted forPacienciaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ferreira da Silva
  • 9Paciencia
  • 11Medeiros
  • 12Heuer Fernandes
  • 13Cancelo
  • 14Figueiredo
  • 15Venâncio
  • 16Neves
  • 17Cardoso Mané
  • 19da Luz Horta
  • 20Pinheiro de Carvalho
  • 22Semedo Varela
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamSweden U21Away TeamPortugal U21
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sweden U21 0(4), Portugal U21 0(3).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Sweden U21 0(4), Portugal U21 0(3).

  3. Post update

    Penalty saved! William Carvalho (Portugal U21) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(4), Portugal U21 0(3). Nilsson-Lindelöf (Sweden U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(3), Portugal U21 0(3). João Mário (Portugal U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Abdul Khalili (Sweden U21) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty saved! Ricardo Esgaio (Portugal U21) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(3), Portugal U21 0(2). Ludwig Augustinsson (Sweden U21) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(2), Portugal U21 0(2). Tozé (Portugal U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(2), Portugal U21 0(1). Isaac Thelin (Sweden U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(1), Portugal U21 0(1). Gonçalo Paciência (Portugal U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Sweden U21 0(1), Portugal U21 0. John Guidetti (Sweden U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  13. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Sweden U21 0, Portugal U21 0.

  14. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Sweden U21 0, Portugal U21 0.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tozé (Portugal U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Iuri Medeiros.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gonçalo Paciência (Portugal U21) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raphael Guerreiro with a cross.

  17. Booking

    Nilsson-Lindelöf (Sweden U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Gonçalo Paciência (Portugal U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nilsson-Lindelöf (Sweden U21).

  20. Booking

    Joseph Baffo (Sweden U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.