Sweden’s leader, Kosovare Aslani, announced his intention to spoil the party for the Australians, who hoped to finish on the podium after being eliminated by England (3-1) in their World Cup semi-final.
The promise has been kept. The Scandinavians defeated Sam Kerr and his band in Brisbane this Saturday to win the World Cup bronze medal for the fourth time in history after 1991, 2011 and 2019. Spain exited in the semi-finals and Peter Gerhardsen’s men regained their composure. The target and, in addition, the performance is shown.
Stina Plaxtenius found Aslani (1st) and lit the first spark in the first minute. The former Parisian was everywhere in this first period, especially with a cross to the head of Fridolina Rolpo who hit the crossbar (27th). But Clare Hunt leveled Blaxtenius in the Australian box seconds earlier and, after a VAR check, the referee awarded a penalty which was converted by Roblow for the Scandinavians’ third goal of the match. Aslani (40th), Angeldahl (45th+2) and Blakstenius (45th+3) continued to press the Swedes.
The Australians didn’t go away after Hayley Razo forced Jesira Musovic into a fine stop following an impeccable cross from Ellie Carpenter (23rd). Katrina Cory’s (34th) header was saved by the Sweden goalkeeper, Sam Kerrin (45th + 6) saw off a powerful strike.
Aslani in 2019
The second period was short on chances, but the Swedes were able to drive home the point. Already in the match for third place against England in 2019 (2-1), Aslani converted it well again in the second half from Blaxtenius (62nd), who was previously found by the striker of AC Milan. Blaxtenius’ strike from the left saved Arnold (66th) and Polkinghorne’s save at the end, however, was thwarted by Musovic, perhaps under his control (70th). )
A crowd of 49,461 witnessed the defeat of their team, which, despite finishing fourth in the World Cup, was first in the hearts of the Australian public, which was comprehensively won by its Matildas.
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