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Sweden miss two penalties against Denmark as day one concludes

Hosts Sweden missed two penalties in a 1-1 Group A draw with rivals Denmark in the second game of the Women's Euro in Halmstad.

 
Sweden miss two penalties against Denmark as day one concludes - Football - Women's Euro
 

Denmark scored the first goal of the finals when Mariann Knudsen ran from halfway before slipping it past Kristin Hammarstrom for a magical strike.

But the hosts soon levelled as Sara Thunebro's free-kick was headed in Nilla Fischer, with what had previously been a Denmark-dominated match becoming a more even encounter.

After both sides had their chances, Sweden missed the first of their penalties as Lotta Schelin's weak spot-kick was saved by Stina Petersen.

The home side had another golden opportunity when Theresa Nielsen handled in the box: Kosovare Asllani stepped up this time, but again Petersen was the hero.

Sweden are awarded a penalty when Christina Ørntoft challenges Kosovare Asllani. takes the spot kick but is thwarted by Stina Petersen, who dives to her left to make the save. A golden opportunity for the hosts.

In the opening match in Halmstad, Finland held Italy to a 0-0 stalemate..

The Italians dominated for long spells but found themselves unable to break down a defensively-minded Finnish unit who failed to register a shot on target in the Group A encounter.

Goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela stood firm, first repelling two efforts from the surging Melania Gabbiadini, then denying midfielder Alessia Tuttino late on.

Earlier in the day, the Azzurre suffered a major blow when defender Elisabetta Tona was ruled out of the tournament with a leg injury suffered in training.

The result comes as a major disappointment for Italy, who find themselves in a tough Group A along with Sweden and Denmark.

The top two teams from each of the three groups reach the quarter-finals, plus the two third-placed teams with the best record.

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