Sweden won bronze at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.Image: Keystone
Australia’s women’s soccer players can’t finish a strong home World Cup with a medal. The Matildas lost 2-0 to Sweden in the third place match.
Australia’s Sam Kerr and Sweden’s Amanda Illestedt in the third-place match on August 19, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia.Image: Keystone
This means athletes who finish fourth at the Olympics will have to wait for their first podium finish at a major competition.
In Brisbane, Fridolina Rolfö scored from a foul penalty and captain Kosovare Aslani scored after the break for the Swedes, who dominated play for long periods. Sweden, who finished third in France four years ago and were in the Olympic final in Tokyo two years ago, can at least console themselves with bronze after missing out on the World Cup final.
The Swedes cheered.Image: Keystone
The final between European champions England and Spain takes place in Sydney on Sunday at 12:00 noon Swiss time. Both have never played in a World Cup final. (sda)
Fans are in the mood for the 32-man squad for the 2023 Women’s World Cup
Lehman and Valdy at the team announcement
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