Sweden one step closer to World Cup
World Cup Qualification: Iceland - Sweden 0 - 4 (0-1)
Sweden: Caroline Jönsson Malmö FF - Frida Östberg Linköping FC, Hanna Marklund Sunnanå SK, Stina Segerström KIF Örebro, Sara Thunebro Djurgården/Älvsjö - Lotta Schelin Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (72 Josefine Öqvist Linköping), Malin Moström Umeå IK (80 Anna Sjöström Umeå IK), Caroline Seger Linköping FC, Therese Sjögran Malmö FF - Hanna Ljungberg Umeå IK (Therese Lundin Malmö)), Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö.
Goals: 0-1 Malin Moström (13 PK), 0-2 Sara Thunebro (62), 0-3 Victoria Svensson (80), 4-0 Hanna Ljungberg (86)
Sweden gained an easy victory against an uninspired Iceland. As usual recently Sweden had a much better second half than first, where the lone goal came from Victoria Svensson winning a penalty in a situation that could have been waved away by another ref. Sweden wasn't brilliant, but used the wings fine and you could see some nice combinations between midfield and forwards. A really good Ljungberg-Moström-Svensson one resultet in the third goal. Sara Thunebro (who alternates between defending and attacking in her Djurgården/Älvsjö) showed a lot of attacking spirit as an outside defender.
A fun little story claims that there was some uncertainty among the players weather an eventual tie in the group with Czech republic would be decided on goal difference or head-to-head. Caroline Jönsson claimed head-to-head, but when the players asked coach Dennerby he claimed goal difference was the tie-breaker. He didn't correct himself until the last minutes of the match. But should it really be necessary to trick the team into scoring??
Erla Arnardottir (Mallbacken) and Asthildur Helgadottir (Malmö FF) played for Iceland.
Dagens Nyheter: VM nära efter svensk storseger
Aftonbladet: Sågade – men på väg mot VM
Sydsvenskan: Sverige allt närmare fotbolls–VM
I don't know if there still is something unclear with internet rights for Sweden match clips, but there definitely is a problem. Hardly anything gets published. But, as a little comfort, here is a clip from the Finland-Denmark match, courtesy of the Finnish network YLE. Finland defeated Denmark 2-1, home goals by Laura Kalmari (Djurgården/Älvsjö) and Minna Mustonen (Bälinge). Sanna Valkonen (Umeå), Jessica Julin (Göteborg), Anne Mäkinen (Umeå) and Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (Linköping) also played and for Denmark Katrine Pedersen (Djurgården/Älvsjö) and Nanna Johansen (Malmö FF).
Qbik's Anja Mittag scored as Germany defeated Ireland 3-0. Pavlina Scasna (KIF Örebro) scored the opener when Czech republic defeated Belorussia 3-0. Lise Klaveness (Umeå) played the first half for Norway as they secured qualification with a 1-1 draw at Ukraine. And Bälinge's Amy Vermeulen got her first cap as she started for Canada in their 0-1 victory over France.
Ok, I didn't look hard enough. There is a 60 second clip from the Iceland match at TV4.
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