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Euro 2013

Sweden set for semi-final after crushing Iceland

Published söndag 21 juli 2013 kl 10.27
Lotta Schelin hugs Kosovare Asllani. Photo: Scanpix.

Sweden brushed aside Iceland, on their way to a semi-final match in the Women's Euros 2013.

The Swedes scored four goals, three in the first 19 minutes. Pia Sundhage's team did not allow Iceland any real chances of saving some face by scoring a single goal against Sweden.

The last two times the nations have met, Sweden has won easily: 6-0 and 2-1. Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said to Swedish Radio Sport before the match that her team will not underestimate their opponents, but pointed to the importance of the crowd, the "twelfth player". And among the crowd of around 7,500, the cheers for Sweden were by far the loudest in the packed Örjans vall arena, in the western town of Halmstad.

The first goal was scored by Marie Hammarström, then Josefine Öqvist made it 2-0 and star striker Lotta Schelin scored one goal in the first half, and a second after 59 minutes.

"It's almost like a dream," she said to news agency TT after the match, "but the dream will continue".

Sweden will now face either Italy or Germany, depending on who wins the second of Sunday's quarter-final games.

Germany is by far the favourite to win the tournament, and beat Sweden in a Euro final in 2001.

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