Algerve Cup: Dennerby satisfied

Sweden - France 3 - 1 (2-0)
Sweden: Sofia Lundgren - Anna Paulsson, Hanna Marklund, Charlotte Rohlin (46 Stina Segerström) , Sara Thunebro (46 Therese Lundin) - Frida Östberg, Caroline Seger, Therese Sjögran (46 Nilla Fischer) - Sara Johansson (60 Frida Nordin), Victoria Svensson (77 Salina Olsson), Josefine Öqvist (77 Maria Aronsson)
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist (17), 2-0 Victoria Svensson (45), 3-0 Sara Johansson (47), 3-1 Ramos (68)
Sweden finished off Algarve Cup action with a safe, but rather unspectacular win over France, finishing third place. Svensson's and Johansson's goals, that decided the game in Swedish favour, were both gifted from French defense. But hey, these opportunistic goals count just as much as a nice combination or a 25 meter shot.

Coach Dennerby declared himself satisfied with his team's perfiormance: "We have shown that we are able to defeat any team. I and the players agree that USA is the best there is at present, but in a match that counts and if we start with our most experienced players, we can take them." Sweden played the new 4-3-3 formation in all four matches and Dennerby was very pleased to see that it worked also against good opposition.
Other good news from Algarve was Caroline Jönsson, still a world class keeper, the centre defense with Marklund and Segerström (and Rohlin as a great back-up) and, while not actually replacing Moström, Seger and Sjögran has done good in midfield. Using three attackers has also resulted in much more movement and strength to the attack.
Swedish television's commentator Anna Pohjanen, as well as others, was pleased with the new Swedish team: "This is the first team that looks like a Dennerby team, plays a lot like his successfull Djurgården side 2003-2004. We have the players to successfully use a 4-3-3 formation. And it is more fun to watch."
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