Sweden miss two penalties against Denmark as day one concludes

Sweden miss two penalties against Denmark as day one concludes
By Eurosport

11/07/2013 at 05:33Updated 12/07/2013 at 05:18

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.

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.