France Under 21’s failed to qualify for the UEFA Under 21 Championship in 2015 after they threw away their two goal advantage from the first leg, losing 4-1 to Sweden in Halmstad.
Sweden got off to the perfect start as Isaac Thelin headed in from a corner after just three minutes. Thelin then scored a second ten minutes before half time, ensuring that the teams went in at the the break all square on aggregate.
France began to look livelier in the second half but it was Sweden who would go on to score again; Oscar Lewicki touched in a corner to put the Swedes ahead on aggregate for the first time.
France fought back and scored through a Layvin Kurzawa header with three minutes of normal time remaining, but Sweden regained control almost immediately as Lewicki got his second from yet another corner.
A nervy few minutes of stoppage time followed, but the Swedes held on to secure a 4-1 win on the night and a 4-3 victory on aggregate. France struggled to repeat their performance from the first leg and were made to pay for their inability to defend corners. Pierre Mankowski’s team will therefore play no part in next summer’s tournament in the Czech Republic.
Sweden: Carlgren; Krafth, Milosevic, Baffo, Konate; Khalili, Lewicki, Olsson (Ishak – 87’), Hallberg (Tibbling – 69’); Guidetti (Lindelof – 90’), Thelin.
Subs not used: Linde, Ssewankambo, Barkroth, Engvall.
France: Areola; Foulquier, Umtiti, Laporte, Kurzawa; Tolisso (Fekir – 75’), Imbula, Kondogbia; Thauvin, Ntep, Bahebeck (Coman – 65’).
Subs not used: Boucher, Mendy, Landre, Sanson, Veretout.