EURO 2016 qualifying: Sweden, Ukraine book tickets to the final

Getty Images
0 Comments

The field for EURO 2016 is officially set, as Sweden and Ukraine became the final two teams to book a trip to France next summer. The groups will be drawn in December, with the tournament being held over a month from June 10-July 10.

[ FOLLOW: All of PST’s EURO coverage ]

Denmark 2-2 Sweden
(Sweden advances 4-3 on aggregate)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had never scored against Denmark before these play-offs, but that all changed pretty quickly. After scoring a penalty kick in the first leg, Zlatan scored both goals today to lead Sweden into EURO 2016. His first goal came in the 19th minute, running onto a corner kick from Kim Kallstrom to give Sweden a 3-1 aggregate lead. His second came in the 76th minute, bending a brilliant free kick over the wall and into the top corner, sealing a spot in the final. Denmark rallied late, with Yussuf Poulsen and Janik Vestergaard scoring in the final ten minutes to try and force extra-time, but they could not overcome the deficit as Sweden advances 4-3 on aggregate.

Slovenia 1-1 Ukraine (Ukraine advances 3-1 on aggregate)

Slovenia needed two goals and got off to a quick start, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Former West Bromwich defender Bostjan Cesar was able to flick one home after a scramble in the box, giving life to his Slovenian side. However, Ukraine caught Slovenia on the counter as Andriy Yarmolenko sealed the deal with a goal deep into stoppage time, advancing to EURO 2016, 3-1 on aggregate.