Women's Euros 2017: Denmark hit the sweet spot to reach final

Sarah Puntigam

Sarah Puntigam

After five semi-final defeats, Denmark are through at last to their first European Championship final thanks to their goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen, who saved two penalties in their 3-0 shootout win over Austria yesterday.

Having blown the competition wide open in the quarter-finals by beating reigning champions and eight-times Euro winners Germany 2-1, the Danes looked the better side against an Austria team competing at their first major finals.

Austria missed four penalties on the night in total, as Sarah Puntigam had fired over from the spot in the 13th minute after Denmark midfielder Maja Kildemoes' handball. As half-time approached, Austria were dealt a further blow when Nicole Billa was carried off on a stretcher and in visible pain.

Denmark's players celebrate after winning the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 football tournament semi-final match between Denmark and Austria at the Rat Verlegh Stadium, in Breda, on August 3, 2017.

Denmark will face the victor of the semi-final between England and Netherlands, which is now being broadcast on Eurosport 1, on Sunday August 6.

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