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Football - 06. July 2019.

Sweden wins the bronze match

Sweden won the bronze match against England. After goals by Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson in the first half and a heroic defense effort in the second half, Sweden won a historic bronze.


The federal captain Peter Gerhardsson made two changes to the starting line compared to the semi-finals against the Netherlands. Previously suspended Fridolina Rolfö was again in the starting line and Nathalie Björn started the match instead of Elin Rubenson.

Sweden put high pressure on England from the start. England was stressed and knocked off many passages. Sweden was both hunger and more resolute in the close game game. It gave results quickly. In 10 minutes, Fridolina Rolfö beats a post from the left. A failed cleanup from English defenders was picked up by Kosovar Asslani. Kosovars finished distinctly in the goalkeeper's left corner. Well-earned 1-0 to Sweden.

In the 15th minute Sweden gets the next big opportunity after a deep ball to Sofia Jakobsson. Jakobsson broke into the track and finished but the English goalkeeper saved the ball out to a corner.

After 20 minutes of play, Sweden had over 60% of the ball possession and held the match. In the 21st minute Sweden makes 2-0 after fine interaction between Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius. Sofia Jakobsson breaks into the penalty area and screws in the ball ice-cold in the goalkeeper's far corner. 
In connection with the goal, Fridolina Rolfö, who is forced to change, is injured. Lina Hurtig replaced.

After the goal and the injury, England got more ball and worked their way into the match. In the 30th minute, Fran Kirby gets a pass in depth to get past the Swedish defense and finish clinically. Easily accessible to Hedvig Lindahl.

In the 33 minute, England make 2-2 through Ellen White. But the goal is correctly judged for hand. Towards the end of the half, both England and Sweden got two good positions. Stina Blackstenius ran through overtime but her finish went over goals. Just before the half-time vision, England's Ellen White got a free position, but Hedvig Lindahl stepped down with a good pairing. Sweden goes to rest after a far-filled half full of chances.

After a few minutes in the beginning of the second half, England takes over the game more and more. Sweden defended itself well and England had difficulty getting to any dangerous locations.

After the ball win at mid-level in the 65th minute by Lina Hurtig Julia Zigiotti Olme came to a good finish but the finish ended unfortunately in the middle of goal and the English goalkeeper could easily save.

In the 70th match minute, Sweden makes a change when Nathalie Björn steps off Amanda Ilestedt replaces. Sweden gets tired in the middle of the second half but continues to defend itself well. Sweden stands out on a few occasions and Sofia Jakobsson comes to a couple of good post modes.

At the end of the match, England's pressure on the Swedish goal is compact. England creates half chances and gets a series of corners. In the 89th minute, England comes to a close in the penalty area after a hatch out of Hedvig Lindahl. The shot was on target but Nilla Fischer saved a nick on the finish line.

Team Captain Caroline Seger who made her 200th international match in the bronze match summed up her feelings in TV4: 
"It can't get any better. Fantastic again. Congratulations Sweden"

Sweden wins the World Cup bronze for the third time in history.  

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