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European Football Championships 2013

Sweden ladies target victory in clash with Finland

Published lördag 13 juli 2013 kl 13.06
National team coach Pia Sundhage ahead of Saturday's clash with Finland. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/Scanpix

Several changes could await Sweden's national football team as Pia Sundhage's players gear up to face Finalnd on Saturday, hoping to avenge the frustrating draw against Denmark that opened their run in the European championships.

Coach Pia Sundhage says she's considering making changes to the starting lineup. "There could be zero changes. There could be two. We're figuring it out, we have lots of options and are flexible – which I like," she tells Swedish Radio.

Sweden's first-choice strikers, Lotta Schelin and Kosovare Asslani, each missed a penalty against Denmark, costing Sweden the victory in a match that ended 1-1.

"We have to make earlier and more frequent decisions in our attacking game," Sundhage says. "We need to run more and move the ball quickly. That will make for a good performance."

Sweden's last defeat to Finland came nearly four decades ago, but Swedish captain Caroline Seger says her opponents are not to be underestimated. "All teams improve during international tournaments," she tells Swedish Radio.

Finland managed to squeeze a goalless draw out of their group opener against Italy thanks to thorough defensive work. "It's about running until they break down," says Seger. "That will be key, making lots of runs for each other."

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