With the Euro U21 Championship complete and Sweden crowned as champions, John Brewin looked back at the final itself and a couple of key lessons from the tournament at large.
1. Battling Swedes deny golden generation
The Prague night sky filled with Swedish exultation once goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren saved William Carvalho's penalty, the 10th of Tuesday night's shoot-out. U21 Championship glory is Sweden's first ever junior tournament win, and one achieved against heavy odds.
Sweden's organisation, spirit and tenacity saw them upset the odds and secure their first-ever European Under-21 Championship at the expense of overriding favourites Portugal.
Fresh from condemning Germany to their heaviest ever defeat in the semifinal, few thought the Scandinavians would be capable of stopping Rui Jorge's side. After all, the Swedes were the only team England managed to beat.
Yet an incredible, battling display frustrated Portugal and took the match to penalties, where William Carvalho...
Portugal could take Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2016 Olympic Games as an overage player, according to the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
Olympic rules permit each team to nominate three players born before Jan. 1, 1993, in their squad for the football tournament in Rio de Janeiro, which will take place between Aug. 3-20 next year.
That would mean Real Madrid star Ronaldo, 30, would be able to represent the senior side at Euro 2016, which runs from June 10 to July 10, before joining...