Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spanish and Swiss advance to U21 final

UEFA u21.UEFA U21 Championship 2011 Semi-Finals

Belarus 1:3 Spain
Czech Republic 0:1 Switzerland


Spain will play Switzerland in the European Under-21 final on Saturday after both semi-finals went to extra-time in Denmark.

Belarus almost pulled off a shock by leading Spain in Viborg until the 89th minute through Andrei Voronkov's bicycle kick, until Adrian Lopez equalised then added a second at the end of the first period of extra-time. Substitute Jeffren Suarez made it 3-1 in the 113th minute to secure Spain's passage to the final in Aarhus.

Switzerland made heavy weather of beating the Czech Republic in Herning before Ahmed Mehmedi's long-range effort broke the deadlock six minutes before penalty kicks.

The losing semi-finalists have the consolation of knowing one of them will qualify for the 2012 Olympics if they win Saturday's third-place play-off, meaning there will be one East European team at the London games.

Sat 25th June

3rd Place Play-Off : Belarus v Czech Republic 15:00 Aalborg
Final : Spain v Switzerland 20:45 Aarhus

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