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European Under-21 Championship

Aalborg Stadion (ATT 7,000) 18th June 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Mazic

Iceland U21 Iceland U21 vs Denmark U21 Denmark U21

Iceland U21 3

K Sigthorsson (58)
B Bjarnason (60)
L Valgardsson (90+2)

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Denmark U21 1

B Kadrii (81)

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Danes and Iceland crash out

Both teams miss out on semi-finals in Aalborg

Last Updated: 18/06/11 10:30pm

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Sigthorsson: Was on target with Iceland's opener

Sigthorsson: Was on target with Iceland's opener

Host nation Denmark were dumped out of the European Under-21 Championship following a dramatic 3-1 defeat to Iceland in Aalborg on Saturday.

The evening's other game saw Belarus beaten 3-0 by Group A winners Switzerland, but the Danes' unexpected loss meant they failed to capitalise and progress to the semi-finals.

Iceland struck twice in two second-half minutes through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason to stun the home crowd.

Bashkim Kadrii pulled one back for Denmark before Hjortur Valgardsson netted a stunning injury-time strike, but it was not enough for either side as both crashed out.

Neither team could break through in a goalless first half, and it was AZ Alkmaar striker Sigthorsson who eventually ended the deadlock on 58 minutes when he turned the ball home from close range.

The Danes' evening went from bad to worse just two minutes later when Gylfi Sigurdsson set up Bjarnason with a tidy cross, allowing him to head home and double Iceland's advantage.

Denmark saw a glimmer of hope when Kadrii met a Kasper Povlsen cross to score with nine minutes left on the clock, but it was extinguished soon after when Valgarsson put Iceland's win beyond doubt with a wonder strike from outside the box.

Saturday's result means hosts Denmark finish in the basement of Group A, with Switzerland progressing at the top and Belarus edging through in second.

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Tables

European Under-21 Championship Group A

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 3 7
2 Norway U21 3 5
3 Israel U21 3 4
4 England U21 3 0

European Under-21 Championship Group B

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 3 9
2 Holland U21 3 6
3 Germany U21 3 3
4 Russia U21 3 0

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