Olympic Football Tournaments Rio 2016 - Men

4 August - 20 August

Olympic Football Tournaments 2016 - Men

European foursome bound for Brazil


Portugal and Sweden finished first and second respectively in Group B at the UEFA European U-21 Championship on Wednesday, sealing the final two European spots bound for Brazil next summer to compete at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The two qualified sides faced each other in the final group stage match, which finished 1-1 thanks to an exchange of goals within ten minutes of the final whistle. Goncalo Paciencia scored in the 82nd minute for Portugal and Sweden responded seven minutes later through Simon Tibbling, good enough to secure the second spot just above Italy.

Despite a nearly identical record, Sweden earned the qualifying position due to their head-to-head record against Italy in the group stage, where the Scandinavian side were 2-1 victors on the first match day. England finished bottom of Group B, registering only one point in the competition.

Denmark and Germany booked their tickets on Tuesday as Group A's top two finishers. Denmark progressed by topping the pool, seeing off Serbia 2-0 in their final game to confirm qualification thanks to goals from Rasmus Falk and Viktor Fischer. Germany made sure of their attendance at Rio 2016 thanks to a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic, with Nico Schulz scoring ​Die Mannschaft's​ crucial goal.

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