European Under-21 Championship

Sweden thrash Denmark to reach Euro final

Sweden thrash Denmark to reach Euro final
Sweden's U-21s team celebrates their victory in the European Championship semi-final against Denmark in Prague. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters
Sweden booked their place in the final of the European Under-21 Championship with a memorable 4-1 victory over Denmark in Prague in the Czech Republic on Saturday night.

John Guidetti opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute after Isaac Kiese Thelin was brought down by Alexander Scholz in the box, before Simon Tibbling doubled the Swedes' lead three minutes later.

Uffe Bech pulled one back midway through the second half and Jess Thorup's men then had opportunities to grab an equaliser, but substitute Robin Quaison restored Sweden's two-goal advantage with a composed finish in the 83rd minute.

And captain Oscar Hiljemark got his name on the scoresheet as Hakan Ericson's side broke forward to add a fourth in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Sweden, who only secured their place in Saturday's semi-final with a dramatic last-gasp equaliser against Portugal in their final group game, will now face Rui Jorge's side again in Prague on Tuesday.