Young Sweden team defeats England

England - Sweden 0 - 2 (0-1)
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl [Linköping] - Anna Paulson [Umeå], Sara Larsson [Linköping], Stina Segerström [Örebro], Sara Thunebro [Djurgården] - Frida Östberg [Umeå] (76 Maria Karlsson [Linköping]), Lisa Dahlkvist [Umeå], Nilla Fischer [Malmö] (76 Linda Sembrandt [AIK]), Frida Nordin [Malmö] (64 Maria Nordbrandt [Örebro]) - Lotta Schelin [Göteborg], Jessica Landström [Linköping](64 Madelene Edlund [Umeå]).
Goals: 0-1 Lotta Schelin (44), 0-2 Lotta Schelin (79)
With the old guard at home (most experienced player on the team was Sara Larsson with 69 caps) and finishing with three debutants on the field, coach Thomas Dennerby was very happy with the 2-0 win over an almost full strength England. Except for Siobhan Chamberlain filling in for injured Rachel Brown, England fielded their World Cup team.
England opened strong, but Sweden defended successfully. England had a lot of possession, but Sweden were much stronger in attack and used their fast turn-overs to challenge England's goal. Lotta Schelin first goal came from a Lisa Dahlkvist ball deep behind the English defense line and at the second Madelene Edlund headed a long ball from Anna Paulsson to Schelin's feet.
Coach Dennerby was particularly pleased that his young side, coming out of tough preseason training, managed to convincingly defeat a full English side that are in the middle of their season "and the way we are doing it is fantastic. We played with great variation, a lot of confidence and dominated England". He couldn't avoid mentioning Lotta Schelin, "I've never seen her so good this early in the season".
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