In the final played at the Eden Stadium in Prague Sweden Under-21 for the first time European champions at the end of a very balanced game, beats Portugal 4-3 on penalties. So the Portuguese are still empty-handed, who were also chasing the first title after the mockery to the golden goal with Italy in 1994; in this edition instead Swedish were the only ones to beat the Azzurrini, on debut of the tournament.
Robin Quaison player of European champions, commented on the official website of Palermo – “I felt a great joy, I dedicate the victory to my family, which is my real strength. This title won with my National team gives me a crazy charge , I’m anxious to get back on the field with my teammates of Palermo to better prepare the next season.”
The two finalists had lost the only precedent in which they can win the tournament, against the Azzurri, Sweden in 1992 and Portugal in 1994 in fact: the two teams have repeated the game view in the group, with the Portuguese top rated in the movement and the Swedish careful and organized in defense, ready to exploit any space to restart. The only flicker in the first half was hit the crossbar on a free kick by Oliveira to 6 ‘, a goal failure could turn on the challenge.
Portugal has tried with more intensity the conclusion, but lacking precision. In the second half scoring chances on both sides and in the end Sweden came close to scoring with Guidetti whose close touch opposed the skill of Sa: the yellow and blue play better during extra time, but the balance was never broken and the final was decided on penalties. where was Carlgren, blocking shots of Esgaio and Carvalho, to give the European to his National, canceling the error of Khalili and going to take the trophy from the hands of the UEFA president. Michel Platini.
Translation provided by Pietro Ferreri