Sweden school Finland in 5-0 class display
Sweden's national women's football team defeated Finland 5-0 Saturday, putting on a strong performance in their second group game after opening the European championships with a draw against Denmark.
Midfielder Nilla Fischer opened the scoring 15 minutes into the first half, heading home a corner. "It was a great corner, all I had to do was put my head there," Fischer told Swedish Radio after the game.
Twenty minutes later, striker Kosovare Asllani's shot forced Finnish goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela to block the ball into Fischer's path, who reacted quickly to slot home her second goal of the match and third of the tournament. "We created chances," said Sweden coach Pia Sundhage. "Nilla Fischer scored two goals from set plays. We never slowed down and felt the support from the fans."
In the second half, strikers Asllani and Lotta Schelin, who both missed a penalty in the Euro opener against Denmark, got on the scoresheet, with Schelin completing her brace minutes before the final whistle.
Sweden play their final group game on Tuesday next week against Italy. Sweden needs to draw or win that game to be guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages.