Sweden beat Canada 1-zero in an excellent-fought game to situation up a Women’s World Cup quarter-closing against Germany.
After a plain first half in Paris, Stina Blackstenius clipped the ball over keeper Stephanie Labbe to ranking with the game’s first shot on be aware.
Canada had the opportunity to equalise from a penalty, given for a handball, but Janine Beckie’s effort was brilliantly saved by Hedvig Lindahl.
Sweden infrequently ever looked threatened as Canada struggled to make likelihood.
Peter Gerhardsson’s aspect face Germany – in a repeat of the 2003 closing – in Rennes on Saturday at 17:30 BST.
There was practically controversy horny at the discontinuance as referee Kate Jacewicz spoke with the video assistant referee (VAR) crew after the final whistle had long gone about a seemingly Sweden handball in the sphere, however the penalty was no longer awarded and Swedish celebrations would possibly well proceed.
Sweden gamble pays off?
Sweden supervisor Gerhardsson named a weakened crew of their closing community game against the United States, with some folks suggesting they desired to be on the aspect of the map that avoided hosts France.
It undoubtedly helped them to be more energizing than their opponents, even supposing neither aspect really created a gamble in the first half.
Their aim got here from the match’s first shot on be aware – in the fifty fifth minute. Elin Rubensson obtained the ball in her have half and played it to Kosovare Asllani on the left dash. Asllani played an supreme attempting ball to Blackstenius, who beat defender Shelina Zadorsky and Stephanie Labbe to the ball sooner than lifting it over the keeper.
Canada had a radiant likelihood to level when they had been awarded a penalty. Desiree Scott’s shot hit the arm of Asllani, even supposing referee Jacewicz didn’t at the starting up give a local-kick and handiest awarded it after twice viewing the incident on the pitch-aspect display veil veil.
Beckie’s effort was first price but Lindahl, a free agent after leaving Chelsea this summer, dived all of the system down to her horny to raze it.
“Within the event that they doubted I will form any penalty saves, that proved them unpleasant,” acknowledged Lindahl.
“I had to stretch fully and it labored. I was really tickled, actually. It was pure joy. We bought plenty more energy on account of that.”
Sweden got a penalty of their have leisurely on after Ashley Lawrence fouled Fridolina Rolfo, but VAR discovered a player was marginally offside in the assemble-up so the determination was overturned.
“I am tickled with the gamers,” acknowledged Sweden boss Gerhardsson.
“There is a courage in attempting to play your contrivance out of instances. I did feel we made utilize of that positively – Kosovare’s hump, Stina’s decisiveness, Hedvig’s save. There had been a quantity of heroes in opposition to the discontinuance of the match too.”
Sinclair’s likelihood long gone?
Canada myth Christine Sinclair was hoping to become the all-time top world goalscorer in France.
The 36-year-former – who scored as soon as at this World Cup against the Netherlands – has scored 182 world targets, two off the world tale of USA massive Abby Wambach.
She labored great at the Parc des Princes, but handiest had one effort as her crew didn’t assault with any fluency. In fact, their handiest shot on be aware was the saved penalty.
How many potentialities will she ranking left to rupture that world tale?
Her crew would possibly well ranking had a penalty after the final whistle, even supposing neither situation of gamers seemed responsive to the controversy. With practically the closing kick of the game, Lawrence had a shot blocked by Sweden’s Linda Sembrant in the sphere.
The final whistle went and Sweden renowned, whereas Canada looked despondent. Nonetheless the VAR crew had been double checking whether or no longer Sembrant had dealt with the ball, with the referee having the option of restarting play – but Sembrant’s arm was by her aspect so the penalty was no longer given.
On the aim that Canada conceded, boss Kenneth Heiner-Moller acknowledged: “We bought the one counter unpleasant. That is all you wish to receive unpleasant in these matches.
“The memoir of the game was transferring into our favour. We had been getting nearer and nearer. We had these closing passes that weren’t really on level. I was pondering it would attain.
“[I’m disappointed] with the discontinuance consequence, but no longer the performance. I’m tickled with this crew.”
- There would possibly be no longer less than five European international locations in the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1995.
- Sweden saved a dapper sheet in a knockout match at the Women’s World Cup for the first time since their 4-zero victory over Germany in a 1/three-allege play-off in 1991 – ending a bustle of conceding in nine successive knockout video games.
- Canada ranking lost 12 of their 14 conferences with European facets at the Women’s World Cup. They’ve lost all Eleven open air their dwelling World Cup.
- There had been 22 penalties in forty two video games to this level at the 2019 tournament – as many as in the Fifty two video games in the 2015 edition.
- Entirely Germany (36), USA (33) and Norway (30) ranking had more reasonably a quantity of goalscorers at the Women’s World Cup than Sweden (29).
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