Young Lions throw away three goal lead against Sweden but progress to U21 finals on penalties; Germany upset the Italians to set up a dream final with the English

England 3* – Sweden 3 (Pens. 5-4) (European U21 Championship semi-final, June 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) The Young Lions were cruising at the break after Martin Cranie lashed in a 15-yard drive in the first minute following a James Milner corner, another Milner corner found Nedum Onuoha who blasted the ball in from eight yards for number two, while Mattias Bjarsmyr diverted the ball into his own net to make it 3-0. The Swedes fought back in tremendous fashion after the break starting with Marcus Berg slotting in Guillermo Molins’ cross on 67 minutes. Eight minutes later Ola Toivonen curled in a stunning free-kick over the wall, and in the 81st minute Berg slotted in his second. Frazier Campbell saw red in extra time, before England held their nerve to win a nail-biting shoot-out even after James Milner shanked the first penalty way off target.

Italy 0 – Germany 1 (European U21 Championship semi-final, June 26, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Germans proved that they should never be written off by edging favourites Italy into the final, Andreas Beck netting the only goal minutes into the second half with a speculative shot that nestled in the far corner. (Second half highlights here.)