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U21 European Championships: Sweden win it all on penalties

After a goalless 90 minutes and extra-time, the U21 European Championship final between Portugal and Sweden was decided with a penalty shoot-out in Prague. Patrik Carlgren was the hero.

Sweden have won the U21 European Championship after beating Portugal in the final in Prague on Tuesday. The match was scoreless through 120 minutes of action and was decided with a penalty shoot-out.

In what was a poor game over normal time and into extra-time, Portugal - who thrashed Germany in the semifinals - had the best chance to score in the first half. Sergio Oliveira hitting the crossbar with just before the half-hour mark.

Sweden looked the better side as the game went on, but neither team could be separated as normal time was concluded. Extra-time came and went quickly, and penalties would decide the tournament winner.

In the shoot-out, Portugal were the first to miss. Ricardo Esgaio having his effort parried away by Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren. Abdullah Khalili then stepped up and failed to take advantage of the miss for Sweden, with his shot from twelve yards saved by Jose Sa.

Two more penalties were scored to leave the score at 5-4, with William Carvalho needing to bury his spot-kick to send it to sudden-death. The Sporting club de Portugal midfielder saw his effort saved by Carlgren to win the game for Sweden.

The title is Sweden's first ever tournament victory at a UEFA under-age competition.

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