Denmark to meet Norway in the semi-finals after dramatic shoot-out with France
Denmark recorded a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over France on Monday to set up a UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 semi-final against Norway.
Janni Arnth scored the final spot kick to help her side win 4-2, and they also had goalkeeper Stina Petersen to thank after she made a great save to deny Louisa Necib early in the shoot-out.
France must have fancied their chances of reaching the last four after winning all three of their group games, but they came up against a strong Denmark team who refused to be overwhelmed by the occasion.
Denmark took the lead on 28 minutes after Johanna Rasmussen raced onto a high ball over the top of the French defence and she fired the ball past keeper Sarah Bouhaddi.
France drew level on 71 minutes after Camille Abily was brought down inside the box and Necib fired home from the spot.
But neither side could break the deadlock and extra-time passed by without a goal. Penalties was the only way the teams could be separated and after Necib and Sabrina Delannoy had missed for France, it was left to Arnth to send Denmark through to the semi-finals.
In the other quarter-final tie, Norway reached the semis for the fourth consecutive time after they beat Spain 3-1 in Kalmar.
Solveig Gulbrandsen opened the scoring on 24 minutes after her cross flew into the corner of the net.
Norway doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time after Irene Paredes scored a bizarre own goal when she volleyed the ball into her own net after an attempted clearance.
Ada Hegerberg sealed the victory for Norway with the third on 64 minutes when she produced an impressive finish from 20 yards.
Spain pulled a goal back in injury time through Jennifer Hermoso but it was not enough to stop Norway celebrating another impressive victory.