The host nation miss two spot kicks as Euro 2013 gets under way in Sweden
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals
Wednesday 10 July
Both the opening games of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals ended in draws as hosts Sweden were held 1-1 by Denmark thanks to two penalty saves from Stina Petersen, while Italy and Finland played out a goalless stalemate.
It was a frustrating start for the Swedes who had to come behind against their Scandinavian rivals but wasted chances as they failed to finish the job.
Mariann Knudsen's fine strike just before the half-hour mark put Denmark in front but Nilla Fisher headed Sweden level.
The home side, ranked fourth in the world, then wasted a series of opportunities to win the game, including two spot kicks which were both saved by Danish 'keeper Petersen, firstly from Lotta Schelin in the 67th minute and then from Kosovare Asllani five minutes from time.
Meanwhile, in the tournament's opening game Italy were held to a goalless draw by Finland.
The Italians, who conceded only once in qualifying for the Finals, were again defensively solid but couldn't break down their opponents.
Melania Gabbiadini came closest for Italy while Alessia Tuttino was denied by a double save at the other end as Finland ended on a high.
However Italy boss Antonio Cabrini insisted he was satisfied, saying: "I'm certainly happy with the performance, let's not forget this was our first game and the first game is always difficult.
"All we lacked was a goal and we know we need to improve in the final third. We must be more clinical and put the ball away, but we've got to be happy."
England open their Group C campaign against Spain in Linköping on Friday evening.