New Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate could not forestall France dropping 2-1 to the Netherlands within the European U21 Championship quarter-finals, as defending champions Spain finally overcame Croatia.
Centre-back Konate – who will be part of Jurgen Klopp’s ranks this summer season – captained his nation for his or her quarter-final conflict on Monday night in Budapest however the Netherlands’ Myron Boadu accomplished a high quality double with the profitable aim on 93 minutes to upset the percentages.
The tie had seemed set to go to extra-time when Boadu was simply onside to cancel out Dayot Upamecano’s first-half header for the highly-rated French aspect, who had seen Perr Schuurs block Jonathan Ikone’s shot earlier than the French winger struck a submit.
However Boadu clinched it within the ultimate seconds of regular time to arrange a semi-final conflict with Germany, who edged a dramatic penalty shootout with Denmark 6-5, after drawing 2-2.
Paul Jaeckel scored the profitable penalty for Germany after his goalkeeper Finn Dahmen pulled off saves from Victor Kristiansen and 17-year-old Wahid Faghir, to spare the blushes of team-mate Jonathan Burkardt.
Faghir had put Denmark getting ready to the semi-finals along with his aim in regular time however with simply two minutes to play in Szekesfehervar, Manchester Metropolis teenager Lukas Nmecha equalised for Germany.
They then went forward by means of Burkardt in extra-time earlier than Victor Nelsson scored from the spot after Lars Lukas Mai introduced down Gustav Isaksen to ship the sport to a shootout.
Spain, in the meantime, survived a scare towards Croatia to come back by means of their quarter-final in Maribor, with Javi Puado scoring the winner – and his second of the sport – in extra-time.
Spain had been on target to progress throughout regular time, with Puado’s opener giving them a slender benefit. However Hugo Guillamon clipped Stipe Biuk as he was about to shoot within the field and Luka Ivanusec drilled in an excellent equalising penalty on 94 minutes to ship the sport to a different half-hour.
Puado wasn’t executed, although, and after breaking by means of on 110 minutes, he saved his cool and finally labored some house to fireplace Spain into the ultimate 4.
They’ll play Portugal on Thursday, who finally edged a 5-3 thriller with a defiant Italian aspect after extra-time in Ljubljana.
Dany Mota put Portugal two up from two first-half corners, with the primary of his two objectives coming from a spectacular overhead kick.
Italy pulled one again on the stroke of half-time from a nook of their very own, with Tommaso Pobega changing from shut vary however Goncalo Ramos gave Portugal a cushty cushion as soon as extra when he slipped in a 3rd on 58 minutes.
Italy would not lay down, although, and Gianluca Scamacca struck two minutes later earlier than Patrick Cutrone scored an 88th-minute equaliser to ship the sport to extra-time.
Nonetheless, Matteo Lovato was proven a second yellow card simply earlier than the ultimate whistle and, right down to 10 males, Italy lastly succumbed throughout that added half an hour. Jota of Benfica scored Portugal’s fourth and, after Cutrone had missed a golden probability to equalise as soon as extra, Francisco Conceicao put the tie past doubt within the ultimate moments.
Watch Spain vs Portugal dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 4.55pm on Thursday; kick-off 5pm. Watch Netherlands vs Germany from 8pm on Sky Sports activities Premier League on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.