JAKOBSSON'S SWEDEN SUFFER EURO EXIT

Sofia Jakobsson's Sweden suffered European Championship heartache as they were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the semi-finals of the competition.

The hosts, who booked their place in the last four courtesy of a 4-0 win against Iceland in the quarter-finals, went down to a solitary Dzsenifer Marozsan strike 12 minutes before the break in Gothenburg, and though they rallied late on, they were unable to breach a German defence who had only conceded once in the tournament prior to kick-off.

The Germans were on top for large periods in the opening 45 minutes, with Marozsan wasting the first real chance of the game, heading wide from a Simone Laudehr cross. Annike Krahn then saw an effort cleared off the line with the home side living dangerously.

A Germany goal seemed inevitable, and it finally came in the 33rd minute when Anja Mittag fed Marozsan, who displayed great strength before finishing smartly, much to the frustration of the home crowd.

Sweden improved after the break, with Chelsea's Jakobsson introduced in the 74th minute, but they were unable to force extra-time, denied by a combination of the woodwork and wastefulness in front of goal, leaving Germany to march into the final, where they will face either Denmark or Norway.