Sweden booked their place in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.
The Swedes took the lead in the 11th minute through Fridolina Rolfö, who fired home from close range after a cross from Kosovare Asllani. Australia equalized in the 53rd minute through Sam Kerr, but Sweden restored their lead just three minutes later through Stina Blackstenius.
The Swedes held on for the win to set up a meeting with the winner of the match between France and the Netherlands in the semifinals. It is the second time that Sweden have reached the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup, having also made it to the last four in 2011.
The Swedes are now one step away from reaching their first World Cup final, and they will be confident of getting the job done against either France or the Netherlands.
Sweden have been one of the most impressive teams at this year’s tournament, and they have shown that they have the quality to go all the way. They have a strong squad with a good mix of experience and youth, and they are well-coached by Peter Gerhardsson.
If Sweden can continue their good form, they will be a tough team to beat in the semifinals and the final.
Key to Sweden’s Success
Sweden’s success at this year’s World Cup has been down to a number of factors.
First, they have a strong squad with a good mix of experience and youth. Their experienced players, such as Caroline Seger and Nilla Fischer, have provided leadership and guidance, while their younger players, such as Rolfö and Blackstenius, have brought energy and creativity.
Second, Sweden have been well-coached by Peter Gerhardsson. Gerhardsson has got the best out of his players and has created a team that is both well-organized and attacking. Third, Sweden have been clinical in front of goal. They have scored 11 goals in five games, and they have shown that they can take their chances when they come.
Outlook for the Semifinals
Sweden will be confident of getting the job done against either France or the Netherlands in the semifinals. They have a good record against both teams, and they will be hoping to take advantage of any weaknesses that they may have. If Sweden can continue their good form, they will be a tough team to beat in the semifinals and the final.