Sweden claimed third place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Australia in front of a packed out crowd in Sydney this morning. The Swedes’ victory against the tournament co-hosts at Stadium Australia has seen them win their fourth Bronze Medal at a FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.
Sweden dominated ownership in a exuberant and physical to begin with half, applying weight early on through Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius in assault. Australia went near after 20 minutes, as Ellie Carpenter’s cross found Hayley Raso on the edge of the six-yard box, in any case, the Real Madrid winger’s right-footed shot was kept out by Chelsea’s Zećira Mušović at the close post.
Sweden broke the halt on the half-hour check when Blackstenius was clipped on the edge of the box by Clare Hunt. Fridolina Rolfö’s spot kick went past Mackenzie Arnold’s fingertips to put the guests in front.
After the break, Australia struggled to discover a reaction in spite of proceeded weight. Sweden multiplied their lead through a well worked counter-attack which was wrapped up off by Kosovare Asllani on the 60-minute check. The AC Milan forward rifled her exertion past Arnold and into the foot right corner to cement the Swedes’ lead.
Australia nearly got one back with 20 minutes to go. Sweden fizzled to clear the danger from a cross, permitting Clare Polkinghorne to shoot from point clear extend. Once more, Mušović came to her side’s protect to deny the co-hosts.
In spite of the misfortune, Australia conclusion the competition with their highest-ever finish at a FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in fourth put.
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