Landström keeps Sweden soaring

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 1.44CET
Sweden 1-0 Italy
An injury-time Jessica Landström goal kept up Sweden's 100 per cent record in Group 2 and left them one win from the finals.
Landström keeps Sweden soaring
Sweden are aiming for a short trip to Finland next year ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 1.44CET

Landström keeps Sweden soaring

Sweden 1-0 Italy
An injury-time Jessica Landström goal kept up Sweden's 100 per cent record in Group 2 and left them one win from the finals.
An injury-time goal from substitute Jessica Landström kept up Sweden's 100 per cent record in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2 and saw off nearest rivals Italy.

Perfect record
Sweden, Italy and the Republic of Ireland were level on 12 points at kick-off having played four, five and six of eight games respectively. And substitute Landström's timely strike lifted Sweden's record to five wins out of five and 23 goals scored without reply, delighting a crowd of more than 7,000 in Orebro.

Striking absentees
It was hard work for Thomas Dennerby's team, however, as with Lotta Schelin, Hanna Ljungberg and Victoria Svensson all out they struggled to find their shape in attack. "At the interval we talked about playing more passes through their defence, but we still had problems opening the game up," said Dennerby. Indeed, the second half served up much of the same and it was not until the dying moments that Landström, a 61st-minute substitution, latched on to a through ball from Sara Larsson, and rifled in.

One win away
The result means that if Sweden beat Ireland in Dublin on 25 June, they will qualify for the finals next summer in Finland with two games to spare. Italy have the consolation of knowing that if they win in Romania on 24 May and Ireland lose to Sweden, the Azzurre will be assured of a play-off place in the autumn.

Last updated: 08/05/08 8.33CET

Related information

Lineup

Sweden

Sweden

Italy

Italy

1Hedvig Lindahl (GK)1Chiara Marchitelli (GK)
3Stina Segerström2Giorgia Motta
5Caroline Seger (C)
Yellow Card90+2'
3Roberta D'Adda
6Sara Thunebro4Alessia Tuttino
7Sara Larsson5Viviana Schiavi
Substitution90+2'
9Therese Lundin
Substitution61'
6Giulia Perelli
13Frida Östberg7Giulia Domenichetti
14Josefine Öqvist8Melania Gabbiadini
15Therese Sjögran9Patrizia Panico (C)
17Johanna Almgren
Substitution70'
10Tatiana Zorri
18Nilla Fischer
Yellow Card40'
11Venusia Paliotti
Substitution62'

Substitutes

12Kristin Hammarström (GK)12Anna Maria Picarelli (GK)
2Charlotte Rohlin13Olga Gori
4Lina Nilsson14Marta Carissimi
8Maria Karlsson I15Sandy Iannella
Substitution62'
10Jessica Landström
Substitution61'
Goal90'
16Piera Cassandra Maglio
Substitution90+2'
11Maria Aronsson17Valentina Boni
16Madelaine Edlund
Substitution70'
18Silvia Fuselli

Coach

Thomas Dennerby (SWE) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Assistant referees

Moiken Reichert (jung) (GER), Inka Müller (GER)

Fourth official

Linn Wikström (SWE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Sweden

    Sweden

    Next match womensworldcup: v Czech Republic, 21 August 2010
  • Italy

    Italy

    Next match Not yet available
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