European Championships: Semifinal Norway - Sweden

Norway - Sweden 3-2 et, 2-2 (1-1)
Norway: Bente Nordby - Marianne Paulsen, Marit Fiane Christensen (80 Maritha Kaufmann), Ane Stangeland, Gunhild B Følstad - Solveig Gulbrandsen, Ingvild Stensland, Unni Lehn - Dagny Mellgren, Lise Klaveness, Isabell Herlovsen (65 Stine Fransen)
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl - Sara Larsson, Hanna Marklund, Jane Törnqvist, Kristine Bengtsson - Anna Sjöström, Malin Moström, Caroline Seger (46 Frida Östberg), Therese Sjögran (71 Josefine Öqvist) - Victoria Svensson (49 Lotta Schelin), Hanna Ljungberg.
Goals: 1-0 Solveig Gulbrandsen (40) , 1-1 Hanna Ljungberg (42), 2-1 Isabell Herlovsen (64), 2-2 Hanna Ljungberg (89), 3-2 Solveig Gulbrandsen (109).
Much better game than in the group play. Sweden showed a lot of the play that has been wanted, dominated most of the first half, nice passing play, ball mostly to the ground, good movement in the offensive half. Norway relied a lot on long balls and really fast counters and their forwards are great to watch. Norway took over in the second half, maybe Svensson's early injury played a part here. Her reborned cooperation with Hanna Ljungberg had resulted in one goal and some dangerous situations in the first half.

Still, I would rather have had them play badly and win than play good and lose.

Comments
Posted by: Gary Maxwell

I found your site thru a web search. I note your mentions of Sweden and Bente Norby and your command of English so could I trouble you for some information on the Nordic Cup in July?

My duaghter plays for the USA u-21 squad and my wife and I might like to come visit Sweden.

Matches and locations would be great. Anything else about accomodations and travel would also be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

2005-06-19 @ 07:36:07
Posted by: Dandal

Nordic Cup is this year organized by the regional Football Association of Värmland. There Nordic Cup site is at http://www.svenskfotboll.se/varmland/t2.asp?p=106708. It's in swedish, but you should be able to find out what you need to know anyway.

You can find Värmlnad tourist information in english at http://www.varmland.org/index.asp?fu_id=115. The biggest town in Värmland is Karlstad. The city's tourist info in english is at http://www.karlstad.se/turistinfo/eng/

Feel free to email me if you need more help.

Posted by: Eniola Aluko

Hi, My name is Eniola Aluko and I am a female footballer currently playing in the English womens premier division with Charlton Athletic and also played in the 2005 European Championships with England which also featured Sweden in our group.I was lucky to play 90 minutes against Sweden in the final group game but was also bitterly disappointed to get knocked out by Sweden.However I have great admiration for the Swedish National team and its world class players and have been advised by my agent to find out more information about playing in the Damallsvenskan,Swedish League in the near future. I randomly came accross this website,which thankfully is in English and am so impressed with the wide range of information,pictures,video clips etc at hand.Also I have recently found out that there are several wide class American,Finnish and Brasilien players currently playing in the top Swedish teams, I don't think there are any English players but that does not matter as Iam very open to playing football in a new country with new players..It would be very much appreciated if you could send me information and contact details of the top five-six teams in the league.Whilst I was away in the England team hotel I frequently spoke to Caroline Seger who I previously spoke to in last years Nordic U21s tournament but do not know what team she plays for or little info on other teams.My email is sileola@aol.com..I hope to hear from you
Eniola Aluko

2005-07-06 @ 19:04:14
Posted by: Dandal

Eniola, you've got mail!

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