Swedish players react to the defeat. Photo: Scanpix.

Sweden knocked out of the Euros by Germany

"There's plenty of positives to take from this."
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Sweden's hopes of reaching the final of the Women's European Football Championships were dashed last night after losing a tightly fought match against tournament favourites Germany.

Germany, who have won the competition six consecutive times, beat host nation Sweden one-nil, with a goal in the 33rd minute.

The match was not without controversy however, as Swedish fans believed their team had equalised in the 62nd minute, when striker Lotta Schelin netted the ball. Celebrations were short-lived though, as the ball was not in play: the referee had awarded a free kick to Germany for a challenge on Annike Krahn.

Germany will now play the winner of tonight's other semi-final match between Norway and Denmark in the final that will be held in Stockholm on Sunday.

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