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Denmark 0 Austria 0
Denmark won 3-0 on penalties
After five previous semi final defeats, Denmark finally made it into the Final of the UEFA Women's Championships as they got the better of a dogged Austrian side on a penalty shootout following a tense match in Breda.
Denmark carried the game forward in the opening stages in search of an early strike but it was Austria who went close to scoring via a well worked corner routine, Feiersinger's low ball being dummied by two players before Nina Burger's shot was blocked on the line by Theresa Nielsen.
Austria continued their enterprising start and were given an even better chance to take the lead when a shot by Aschauer struck the arm of Maja Kildemoes in the area and they were awarded a penalty. It looked a harsh decision but Sarah Puntigam stepped up to take the kick, however the midfielder blazed her shot well over the bar.
The Danes had not passed the ball around with their usual authority so far but they were unlucky not to go in front at the midway point when Sanne Troelsgaard cut in from the right and curled a left foot shot which came back off the bar.
Pernille Harder had been largely quiet up to this point but the Danish taliswoman did her first sight of goal with a strike from the edge of the area, however it lacked power and Manuela Zinsberger saved comfortably.
Austria were dealt a blow when midfielder Nicole Billa was stretchered from the field with what looked like a serious foot injury and this looked to have an effect on the game, which had started brightly but then drifted into half time with the scoreline goalless.
Nine minutes into the second half, a corner was met by a firm header from Boye Sorensen which looked destined to give Denmark the lead but Zinsberger pulled off an excellent reaction save to turn it over the bar. The impressive Austrian keeper again came to her side's rescue with another fine one handed stop, this time to keep out Harder's shot after she had found space in the area.
This time it was Denmark's turn to lose a key player when Line Jensen left the field with a knee injury following an accidental collision with Prohaska.
The game was slowing down as fear of defeat began to engulf the two sides and tension also crept in, both sides did create opportunities but were being let down by poor finishing. Denmark did finish the stronger side but Austria stood firm as once again, they took a game into extra time.
The first period of extra time was a largely cagey and uneventful affair, with wayward shots at either end and the stalemate continuted into the break. Zinsberger continued her excellent form after the restart with a good save from a long range effort by Veje. The same player then had a glorious chance to break the deadlock when played in by a shrewd pass from Harder but she shot hurriedly over the bar. Harder headed inches wide from a corner in the dying minutes as the game went into a penalty shootout.
Nadia Nadim and Harder both found the corner of the net while Feiersinger blasted her shot over and Petersen saved from Pinther, putting Denmark two ahead. Pedersen saw her kick saved by Zinsberger but Petersen did it again, this time keeping out from Aschauer, leaving Sorensen to drill her penalty into the top corner of the net to banish memories of defeat on penalties at this stage four years ago, and send her side into a historic first Final.
Stine Lykke Petersen, Theresa Nielsen, Line Roddik (sub Cecilie Sandvej 45mins), Maja Kildemoes (sub Frederikke Thogersen 52mins), Simone Boye Sorensen, Line Jensen (sub Sofie Pedersen 69mins), Sanne Troelsgaard, Stine Larsen, Nadia Nadim, Pernille Harder, Katrine Veje (sub Nicoline Sorensen 120mins).
Manuela Zinsberger, Katherine Schiechtl, Verena Aschauer, Laura Feiersinger, Virginia Kirchberger, Nicole Billa (sub Nadine Prohaska 39mins), Carina Wenninger, Sarah Puntigam (sub Vikhtoria Pinther 90mins), Sarah Zadrazil, Nina Burger, Viktoria Schnaderbeck.
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