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Australia Hold Onto Draw With Sweden And Reach The Last 16 – Group D Match Report

Australia 1

Lisa de Vanna 5

 

Sweden 1

Sofia Jakobsson 15

 

 

2015  FIFA Women’s World Cup, Group D

Australia Hold Onto Draw With Sweden And Reach The Last 16

Australia managed to secure a 1-1 draw with Sweden to reach the Last 16 as Group D runners-up, leaving Sweden’s qualification hopes dangling by a thread.
Australia took the lead when a long ball from Laura Alleway sent Lisa de Vanna through on goal and she scored with a cool finish. Sweden equalised through Sofia Jakobsson’s solo strike and despite creating several great chances, they could not find the winner.
Australia will play Brazil in the Last 16 whilst Sweden will have to wait until tomorrow to discover if they have secured one of the best third placed spots.
USA scored their winner in the closing stages of the second half as Melanie Rapinoe’s corner picked out Abby Wombach who volleyed the ball into the net.

Team News

Both countries named the same starting eleven from their previous matches.

Match Report

Australia had a half-chance early on, but Emily van Egmond’s shot cleared the crossbar.

But then they took the lead as they punished Sweden for their defensive high-line. From just outside her own box, Laura Alleway launched a ball over the Swedish back-four, and sent Lisa de Vanna through on goal who calmly placed the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Sweden then equalised. Sofia Jakobsson cut off the right-wing, and then, with her left foot curled the ball into the bottom-right corner. Though it was a great strike, Lydia Williams would be disappointed to have been beaten at her near post.

The Scandinavians nearly scored their second when Therese Sjogran’s corner picked out Amanda Ilestedt, but her header just went wide of the left post.

Sweden came close to a second from successive Sjogran corners. The first one was cleared to Caroline Seger, who chested the ball before shooting, but her effort was tipped over by Williams. The next one was cleared to Lisa Dahlkvist, whose dinked ball caught out the Australian defence who expected the offside flag, but Jakobsson’s shot was saved by Williams from point blank range, and then Lotta Schelin’s shot was cleared off the line.

The Europeans had a couple of good chances towards the end of the first half, the first saw Seger shooting over from 20 yards. Then, from a free-kick on the left-wing, Sjogran curled a ball towards the far post, but no one made the run and Williams held onto the ball.

Australia had a good chance early in the second half when Samantha Kerr ran at the defence, but her left-footed shot went wide of the near post.

Then Dahlkvist had a go from distance, but her shot sailed over.

It was Australia who were on top, and they were controlling the ball well. Larissa Crummer cut off the wing and into the box, but her shot/cross was an easy saved for Hedvig Lindahl.

Kerr played a diagonal pass into the path of Kyah Simon, but her shot took a large deflection which simplified the save for Lindahl.

Sweden struggled to carve out further chances, and were made to pay for their first-half misses.

 

Final Group D Table

Country P W D L F A GD Pts
USA 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7
Australia 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 1

Woman of the Match

Samantha Kerr – Australia

Teams

Australia: (4-3-3) Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord, Laura Alleway, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Katrina Gorry (Tameka Butt 85), Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, Lisa de Vanna (c) (Larissa Crummer 63), Kyah Simon (Michelle Heyman 72), Samantha Kerr.

Goal: Lisa de Vanna 5.

Sweden: (4-4-2) Hedvig Lindahl, Elin Rubensson (Sara Thunebro 76), Amanda Ilestedt, Nilla Fischer, Jessica Samuelsson, Sofia Jakobsson, Lisa Dahlkvist, Caroline Seger, Lina Nilsson (Kosovare Asllani 74), Therese Sjogran, Lotta Schelin (c).

Goals: Abby Wambach 45.

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