Swedes Beat Russia in Finland
It could not have started any better for the Swedish women in the opening game against Russia in the UEFA Euro 2009. Only five minutes into the game the Swedes took the lead when Charlotte Rohlin scored the first goal with a well-placed header.
Ten minutes later that lead was secured with 2-0 after Victoria Svenson scored the second goal for Sweden. In the 82nd minute Caroline Seger scored Sweden’s third goal and the end result was almost a given.
Tuesday’s win was a great start for the Swedish team, which is aiming to end its barren 25 year run since its last won the European championship in 1984.They've gone close on three occasions, finishing runners-up and they've also appeared in three semi-finals.
Previous to the game the Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby told UEFA media that "Sweden have been one of the best teams during all these years, but of course we really want to have a go now, It's time now to win it. The players say it and the coach also says it! We feel very good at the moment. We have had some small problems with injuries but it's going the right way now. We feel very well-prepared and it's a question now of waiting for the first game. For a long time it was very hard to score goals against Sweden, but in the last year we have done very well in attack."
As well as Russia, Sweden will also meet England and Italy in Group C. England lost to Italy earlier on Tuesday and will now have to win over Russia in the next match. Sweden will play the group C final against Italy on Friday.