UEFA U-21 championship semifinal decided after 16-round shootout
The host Netherlands advanced to the final of the UEFA Under-21 Championship on Wednesday after beating England, 13-12, in a shootout that lasted 16 rounds,
Heerenveen's Gianni Zuiverloon
converted the winning penalty in the shootout that took place after the
two teams played to a 1-1 tie. Dutch goalkeeper Boy Waterman made three fine penalty
England's Anton Ferdinand hit the top of the bar with his spot kick, setting up Zuiverloon's decisive
shot. The 25 goals in the shootout were a record for a UEFA competition.
Maceo Rigters sent the game
into overtime with the tying goal for the Jong Oranje on an overhead
kick in the 90th minute. Reading's Leroy Lita scored for England in the first half.
Serbia beat Belgium, 2-0, in the other semifinal on goals by Aleksandar Kolarov, who scored after just four minutes from a free kick, and substitute Dragan Mrdja.
The Netherlands, Serbia and Belgium qualified for the 2008 Olympic men's soccer competition -- England does not participate in the
Olympics -- and third-place finishers Portugal and Italy meet in a
playoff Thursday to decide Europe's fourth berth in next year's finals.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Where to Watch European Soccer Sept. 16, 8:53 p.m. |
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ... Robinho's chip is masterful Sept. 15, 9:45 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Robinho, back with the club that spawned him, scored his first Brazilian league ... Pennsylvania has long history of Open Cup success Sept. 15, 9:40 p.m.
[MAKING A LIST] If the Philadelphia Union beats the Seattle Sounders in Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. ... Philly's Curtin: 'I don't want to let the city down' Sept. 15, 9:05 p.m.
[U.S. OPEN CUP: Final] As an organization, the Seattle Sounders have a brief yet rich tradition ... All MLS teams but Sporting KC on double duty Sept. 15, 8:22 p.m.
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Preview] MLS's five entrants take a combined 5-0-1 record into Matchday 4 of ... Arsenal and Man City look to repeat road feats Sept. 15, 7:41 p.m.
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] The new UEFA Champions League season kicks off with a bang. ... What They're Saying: Michael Bradley Sept. 15, 6:44 p.m.
"They continue to assign Canadian referees with Canadian teams playing against American teams ... It makes ... Intentional or not, Blas Perez's goal is amazing Sept. 15, 6:33 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] It's unclear whether FC Dallas' Panamanian striker Blas Perez ... Spain advances to finals for first time Sept. 15, 6:31 p.m.
[2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Spain qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup for the first time ... Curtin has Union on brink of first trophy Sept. 15, 6:06 p.m.
[OPEN CUP: Final] The Philadelphia Union goes for its first trophy when it hosts the Seattle ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives