- Sweden won the Women’s World Cup third place match against Australia 2-0.
- Captain Kosovare Asllani made the decision after a good hour with a self-initiated attack.
- The Australians have the audience on their side in Brisbane, but ‘Matilda’ is denied coronation glory.
Surrender is not an Australian thing. And not that of their fans either. Even after the second goal, the Brisbane spectators made the mood high in the stands and continued to lead the “Matildas”. However, the flight attendants could not cross.
In the end, the Australians ran out of time. In injury time they tried again with scores from all positions. But more often with despair than hope.
One last little thing for Sweden
And so, in the end, the Swedes, the experts, so to speak, cheered when it came to the matches for third place in the World Cup. For the fourth time after 1991, 2011 and 2019, the Scandinavian nations contested and won a mini-final for the fourth time.
Kosovare Asllani played a big role in the sense of the Swedish achievement in the end. The captain was one of the more visible players and rewarded herself after just over an hour with her first World Cup goal at this finals. With a ball in the depths of Stina Blackstenius, the Milan forward started an attack down the left flank, and then completed it with a direct shot.
Penalty kick after Sweden’s best chance
The opening goal came before the end of the first half. The VAR was called after Fridolina Rulfo had the best chance of the match, her header hitting the crossbar. Prior to said scene, Blackestineus had gone down in a duel with Claire Hunt. Video images showed that the Australian had already hit her opponent on the foot.
Rolfo made up for lost time and converted the penalty kick safely to make it 1-0 for the Swedes, who were rewarded for their effort with the opening goal.
Here’s how to proceed
At the end of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the final will be held on Sunday in Sydney. Spain claims European champions from England. The match will be broadcast live on SRF Zwei from 11:30 am.
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