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 […]

Portugal and Sweden made it to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic on Wednesday after taking the top two spots in Group B while England bowed out. A 1-1 draw was all that Portugal and Sweden needed to reach the semi-finals while Italy were left empty-handed despite an impressive 3-1 win over bottom-placed England. Portugal won the group with five points from three games while Sweden and Italy both had four points with Sweden making it to the next stage owing to a 2-1 win over Italy in the group’s opener. Portugal will take on Germany while Sweden face Denmark in the June 27 semi-finals. In Wednesday’s game, Portugal and Sweden took their time to score knowing early on that a draw would send them both to the semi-finals. FC Porto striker Goncalo Paciencia put Portugal ahead eight minutes from time, but Groningen midfielder Simon Tibbling equalised a minute from the end. In the group’s […]

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 .

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario handed Portugal a 1-0 win over England in their opening game at the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic on Thursday with Liverpool FC defender Tiago Illori helping keep Tottenham star Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Jess Lingard at bay. Mario scored the game’s only goal on 57 minutes with a rebound off a shot that hit the post, which took Portugal second in Group B behind Sweden, while England are bottom. England’s attack suffered a heavy blow before the game with West Brom striker Saido Berahino — the top scorer in qualifying with ten goals in as many games — sidelined with a knee injury. England also lost Everton defender John Stones to suspected concussion. Tottenham striker Harry Kane squandered a few chances with Liverpool FC’s Tiago Illori marshaling the defense of Portual. Kane was denied by Portugal keeper Jose Sa after a good shot from 20 yards in the first half. . […]