Denmark beat Austria on penalties to reach Euro 2017 final

Denmark secured a place in their first-ever women's Euro final by beating Austria 3-0 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after extra-time in Breda on Thursday.

Denmark beat Austria on penalties to reach Euro 2017 final
Denmark celebrate after winning the match on penalties. Photo: Reuters/Scanpix

Austria's Laura Feiersinger blasted her penalty over while Viktoria Pinther and Verena Aschauer were denied by Danish keeper Stina Petersen.

Austria missed four penalties on the night in total, as Sarah Puntigam had fired over from the spot in the 13th minute after Denmark midfielder Maja Kildemoes' handball.

“It was a very long match, it made me get older,” said Denmark coach Nils Nielsen.

“Austria played a beautiful tournament, but I'm delighted we ended up winners and I think it was deserved.”

In Sunday's final, Denmark will take on hosts the Netherlands, who beat England 3-0 in Enschede later on Thursday.

The Dutch have already beaten beat Denmark during the Euro tournament, having won 1-0 in the group stage.

Denmark, who sent eight-time champions Germany packing with a 2-1 quarter-final win, will play their first Euro final after their sixth semi-final in history.

Denmark dominated possession but Austria threatened first with Nina Burger's shot that was cleared off the goal line by the Danish defence.

Denmark's Sanne Troelsgaard blasted her shot into the crossbar on 21 minutes in her team's best first-half chance.

Austrian keeper Manuela Zinsberger found herself pretty busy after half-time, clearing Simone Boye's glancing header from close range and Pernille Harder's left-footer from inside the box.

Katrine Veje slammed the ball over from close range in extra-time, while Harder first saw her shot stopped by Zinsberger and then sent her bullet header wide on 120 minutes.

“It was great to get to the semis in our first tournament, conceding once in five games,” said Austria coach Dominik Thalhammer.

“Today was close and we missed four penalties, which cost us.”

“It wasn't our best performance, but the overall tournament has been very good for us.”

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.


Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”