In a thrilling encounter witnessed by a vibrant crowd of nearly 50,000, Sweden emerged triumphant by defeating Australia 2-0 in Brisbane to secure third place at the Women’s World Cup.
Sweden showcased their dominance on the global stage, maintaining control throughout the match and displaying remarkable consistency.
A 30th-minute penalty converted by Fridolina Rolfo established their lead, followed by an impressive strike from Kosovare Asllani just past the hour mark.
This victory marks Sweden’s fourth instance of securing the third-place position at the tournament, solidifying their reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Ranked third in the world, they showcased their prowess by skillfully outplaying the Australian hosts and effectively neutralizing the threats posed by star strikers Sam Kerr and Mary Fowler.
Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius was a relentless force on the field, contributing significantly to both goals and creating chaos for the Australian defense.
Their tactical prowess and controlled midfield play allowed them to dictate the game, much like England did in their semi-final triumph over Australia.
Australia struggled to gain meaningful possession and generate scoring opportunities, relying heavily on transitions for any potential breakthroughs.
The stalwart performance of Swedish goalkeeper Zecira Musovic thwarted Australia’s attempts, including a remarkable save against a powerful Hayley Raso drive.
Sweden’s breakthrough moment occurred when VAR confirmed a foul by Clare Hunt on Blackstenius inside the box, leading to the pivotal penalty that Rolfo confidently converted.
Despite Australia’s tactical adjustments in the 60th minute, it was Sweden who continued to control the game. Asllani’s authoritative strike, assisted by Blackstenius, further extended Sweden’s lead and silenced the fervent crowd.
During the final 20 minutes, Australia attempted to breach Sweden’s unyielding defense with deep crosses into the box, but Musovic exceptional performance ensured a clean sheet for her team. Ultimately, Sweden’s masterful tactics, composed midfield play, and clinical finishing secured their well-deserved third-place finish, while Australia’s valiant efforts to mount a comeback were thwarted by the determined Swedish defensive line.
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