European Under-21 Championships: Denmark and Iceland crash out as Belarus join Switzerland in the semi-finals

Switzerland top Group A with a comfortable 3-0 win, but Iceland and hosts Denmark fail to secure a place in the final four due to head to head records
Group A

Iceland 3-1 Denmark

A 3-1 victory for Iceland over Denmark was not enough to prevent both sides from crashing out of the European Under-21 Championship.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson gave Iceland the lead on 58 minutes and Birkir Bjarnason doubled their advantage barely two minutes later.

Bashkim Kadrii restored a glimmer of hope for tournament hosts Denmark with a goal on 81 minutes, but Hjorthur Valgardsson put the game to bed for Iceland with his strike a minute into added time.

The result, coupled with Switzerland’s victory, left Iceland, Belarus and Denmark level on three points and a minus-two goal difference. However, Belarus’ superior head to head record among the three teams saw them progress in a dramatic end to Group A.

Switzerland 3-0 Belarus

Belarus joined Switzerland in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship despite falling victim to an Admir Mahmedi brace in a 3-0 defeat.

Belarus got off to a dreadful start after Innocent Emeghara was fouled by Oleg Veretilo in the box after five minutes. Mehmedi stepped up to slot the ball into the right corner to give the Swiss the lead.

Two minutes before half time, Mehmedi recorded his and Switzerland’s second with a sweetly struck shot from just inside the box.

With virtually the last kick of the game, Frank Feltscher put the icing on the cake, driving the ball home from the tightest of angles as the celebrations began in earnest.

Switzerland now advance to the semi-finals with a 100 per cent record, wrapping up a dominant Group A campaign with a victory and a clean sheet in each of their three games. Meanwhile, Belarus also edge into the last four despite the defeat, their superior head to head record over Iceland breaking a three-way tie for second place.

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