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Denmark stun France to set up semi with Norway

FIRING BLANKS:France’s Louisa Necib and Sabrina Delannoy both missed their spot-kicks in the shootout, leaving Denmark’s Janni Arnth to fire home the winner

Reuters, STOCKHOLM

France’s Eugenie Le Sommer, center, is tackled by Denmark’s Christina Orntoft in their UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 quarter-final in Linkoping, Sweden, on Monday.

Photo: AFP

Denmark stunned France 4-2 on penalties on Monday to set up a UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 semi-final against Norway, who had a comfortable 3-1 win over Spain in Sweden.

Janni Arnth struck the decisive spot-kick to give Denmark a shock victory over a France team that had won all three group games after the match had finished 1-1 following extra-time.

An upset was in the air as early as the 28th minute when Johanna Rasmussen gave Denmark the lead when she latched on to a long ball and flashed a left-foot shot past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.

France equalized from the penalty spot in the 74th minute after Camille Abily was pushed in the back by Line Roddik. Louisa Necib took the spot-kick, and although Stina Petersen got both hands to the ball, she could not keep it out.

France pressed in vain for a winner, but the game finished 1-1 and after extra-time went to penalties.

Necib and Sabrina Delannoy both missed from the spot for France, leaving Arnth to fire home Denmark’s final kick.

Denmark collected two points in the group stage and only made it into the quarter-finals when their name was drawn out of the hat ahead of Russia.

They next face Nordic neighbors Norway in the semi-final tomorrow.

Solveig Guldbrandsen netted Norway’s first on 24 minutes when her cross from the right wrong-footed the defense and sailed into the Spain goal.

Spain defender Irene Paredes then shanked an attempted clearance past her goalkeeper to put Norway 2-0 up just before halftime.

Ada Hegerberg swept in a sublime third for Norway, before Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso managed to pull one back in stoppage-time.

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