Sweden beat Italy 3-1 in Euro 2013
Sweden will go through to the Women's Euro 2013 quarter-finals as group winners after an impressive 3-1 victory over Italy in the seasisde town of Halmstad on Tuesday night.
The hosts made a breakthrough early in the second half thanks to an own goal by Italy's Raffaella Manieri, before Sweden's Lotta Schelin and Josefine Oqvist gave the team a comfortable lead.
Sweden's three goals came in the opening 12 minutes of the second half.
"We decided in the break that we had to run for each other. In the first half we sat tight. In the second half we step up and do it really well. For my own part, it was fun to get to start off the match," player Lisa Dahlkvist told Swedish Radio Sports.
Coach Pia Sundhage told Swedish Radio Sports: ”It is important to move forward with a positive feeling. It is important to score goals. It is so much easier to take the next step when things have gone as well as they have."
The 3-1 victory means Sweden tops Group A ahead of Italy, who qualified as runners-up.
Finland became the first team to exit the tournament after a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Both Finland and Denmark finished on two points in Group A, while Italy finished on four points and Sweden on seven.