Portugal swept Germany and Sweden beat Denmark in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship on Saturday to set up a final clash due on Tuesday. Classy Portugal first humiliated Germany 5-0 in the eastern Czech city of Olomouc to reach their first final since 1994. Sweden then eased past Denmark 4-1 in Prague to make it to their first final since 1992, when they won the tournament. Portugal went 3-0 ahead of Germany in the first half with goals from Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Pereira and Ivan Cavaleiro, while Joao Mario and Ricardo Horta rounded off the scoring in the second half. Monaco’s Silva got the opener on 25 minutes after a quick break into the box, beating Barcelona ‘keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the German goal at his near post. FC Porto striker Ricardo added another in the 33rd minute from close range after Paulo Oliveira helped on a corner. Portugal’s third was a beauty as their attack dismantled […]

Denmark and Germany reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic after taking the top two spots in Group A on Tuesday. Denmark won the group with six points from three games after beating Serbia 2-0 in Prague. Germany came second with five points after being held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed hosts the Czech Republic. In Group B, all four teams can still make it to the semi-finals scheduled for June 27. Group B leaders Portugal are due to face second-placed Sweden in the last group game on Wednesday, while third-placed England face Italy. The final is scheduled for June 30. By AFP