Sweden, ranked third in the FIFA rankings, defeated host Australia (10th in the FIFA rankings) 2-0 in the third to fourth place match of the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup at Brisbane Stadium in Australia on the 19th.
As a result, Sweden ranked third in the Women’s World Cup for the second consecutive time following the 2019 French Games. Sweden is a strong country in the women’s soccer tradition. Sweden, which ranked third in the first tournament in China in 1991, has competed in all of the women’s World Cup finals until the ninth tournament in 2023. The runner-up at the 2003 U.S. tournament was the best performance, and he also finished third at the 2011 German tournament, making it to the semifinals five times.
Sweden’s performance at the Summer Olympics is also spectacular. Unlike the men’s team, women’s soccer team A also participates in the Olympics. He won two consecutive silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Sweden beat the U.S., the No. 1 FIFA player in the round of 16 after a penalty shoot-out, and beat Japan 2-1 in the quarterfinals, which had run all four games. 스포츠토토
In the semifinals, they were defeated by Spain 1-2 and failed to advance to the finals for the first time in 20 years, but they beat Australia in the third to fourth place matches to achieve a “final beauty.”
Australia, which defeated Denmark in the round of 16 and France in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals for the first time in women’s World Cup history, had to settle for fourth place after losing 1-3 to England in the semifinals.
While Sweden was leading the game from the beginning, Australia was also looking for opportunities little by little with counterattacks and set pieces, and the penalty kick broke the balance in the 30th minute of the first half.
The referee’s on-field review was conducted on the foul situation of Australian defender Claire Hunt, who was blocking Swedish front-line striker Stina Blakstenius, who broke through the right side of the penalty area, and a penalty kick was declared. Swedish kicker Friedolina Rolfoe became the main character of the first winning goal when she stepped low with her left foot.
Australia, backed by overwhelming support from home fans who filled the 49,000-seat Brisbane Stadium, later stepped up its offensive but allowed another goal in the 17th minute of the second half.
During Sweden’s counterattack, Kosovare Aslani hit the ball back from the left side of the penalty area with his right foot inside the penalty arc to score an additional goal.
Australia continued to play despite the pain of key striker Sam Kerr, the holder of the most goals scored (64 goals) in the A match, injuring his calf in the 30th minute of the second half against his opponent, but failed to make a single goal.
With Sweden recording 46% and Australia 37% of the market share (17% of the competition), both teams left the same 11 shots and 5 effective shots.
Meanwhile, the final match between England and Spain, which will mark the final of the tournament, will be held at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia, from 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Both teams are the first to advance to the finals, so no matter who wins, they will achieve their “first-ever championship.”
England won the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Women’s Championship for the first time last year, and beat Nigeria in the round of 16 by a penalty shootout after winning all three matches in the group stage, including a 6-1 defeat of China in this World Cup. He then beat Colombia 2-1 in the quarterfinals and Australia 3-1 in the semifinals.