A substiution during the soccer game between Sweden and Japan. Photo: Maja Suslin/Scanpix.
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Sweden keeps Japan from scoring in football

The game pitting Sweden against the world champions in women's soccer, Japan, ended in 0-0, during the group rounds on Saturday afternoon at the London Olympics. The match carried a special significance, since last year at the World Cup in Germany, it was Japan that Sweden lost to in the semifinals.

The captain of the Swedish soccer team, Nilla Fischer, had to sit out the game, because she had been injured. The midfielder had scored a goal in Sweden's first game against South Africa. Fischer may be able to play again later in the Games, according to Staffan Stjernholm, a media officer with the Swedish Football Association.

"Nilla had an MRI yesterday. It's not a muscle or a tendon injury, rather she's strained her thigh. She could have played, but we don't want to take any chances" Stjernholm tells news agency TT.

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