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Anja Mittag 24; Celia Sasic pen 36, 78; Dzsenifer Marozsan 88
Linda Sembrant 82
Germany produced a strong performance to knock out Sweden, a team who had finished third in the 2011 World Cup.
It was the Germans who started the strongest, with Simone Laudehr forcing Hedvig Lindahl into a great save from close distance.
But they scored their first goal in the 24th minute, when Anja Mittag picked up the ball and shot across goal with ball flicking the right post as it crossed the line.
Their second goal was controversial. Simone Laudehr passed to Mittag in the penalty area, and she went down under Amanda Ilestedt’s challenge and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty kick. However, the replays showed that there was little contact. Celia Sasic took the spot-kick and calmly placed it into the bottom-right corner with a perfect penalty.
On the stroke of half-time, Sweden should have pulled a goal back. Lotta Schelin’s cross picked out Sofia Jakobsson, but from close-distance, she headed over the crossbar by some margin.
It took them until the 78th minute for Germany to breach the Swedish defence again. Alexandra Popp picked out the completely unmarked Laudehr who cut into the box and her shot was going in, except it took the slightest deflection off Nilla Fischer to cause the ball to hit the post. But with the keeper on the ground from her attempt to make the save, the ball rebounded straight to Sasic who was left with a simple header. The German striker had been clever in her positioning, making sure she was onside when Laudehr shot, and moving into a place where a rebound was likely to present itself to.
However, then Sweden pulled a goal back, and it came from a free-kick, 30-yards from goal. Therese Sjogran curled the ball into the danger area where Linda Sembrant beat Annike Krahn in the air, allowing her to powerfully head the ball into the back of the net.
There really should have been a second goal for Sweden minutes later. From inside her own half, Lina Nilsson played a long pass over the German back four, sending Jakobsson through on goal, but her finish was saved by Nadine Angerer’s legs.
And then Germany punished them to put the result beyond doubt. Lena Goessling passed a corner into the box, straight to Dzsenifer Marozsan, who at full stretch, curled the ball over Lindahl and into the top-right corner.
Germany will either play South Korea or France in the Quarter-Finals.
Anja Mittag – Germany.
Germany: (4-2-3-1) Nadine Angerer (c), Leonie Maier, Annike Krahn, Saskia Bartusiak, Tabea Kemme (Jennifer Cramer 77), Lena Goessling, Melanie Leupolz (Dzsenifer Marozsan HT), Simone Laudehr, Anja Mittag, Alexandra Popp (Lena Lotzen 89), Celia Sasic.
Goals: Anja Mittag 24; Celia Sasic pen 36, 78; Dzsenifer Marozsan 88
Booked: Saskia Bartusiak 28.
Sweden: (4-4-2) Hedvig Lindahl, Emma Berglund (Jenny Hjohlman 80), Amanda Ilestedt, Nilla Fischer, Jessica Samuelsson (Lina Nilsson HT), Elin Rubensson (Kosovare Asllani 67), Linda Sembrant, Caroline Seger (c), Therese Sjogran, Sofia Jakobsson, Lotta Schelin.
Goal: Linda Sembrant 82
Booked: Amanda Ilestedt 35, Lotta Schelin 68.