Sweden win but Ireland still celebrate

Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 9.45CET
Sweden 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Madelaine Edlund's winner ensured Sweden ended Group 2 with no goals or points conceded but Ireland were already celebrating a play-off place.
by Sujay Dutt
from Stockholm
Sweden win but Ireland still celebrate
Sweden had a perfect record in qualification ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 1 October 2008, 9.45CET

Sweden win but Ireland still celebrate

Sweden 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Madelaine Edlund's winner ensured Sweden ended Group 2 with no goals or points conceded but Ireland were already celebrating a play-off place.
Madelaine Edlund's winner ensured Sweden ended UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2 with 31 unanswered goals and no points dropped but the Republic of Ireland still had reason to celebrate.

Play-off place
Around an hour before kick-off in Trelleborg, Switzerland fell to a 3-0 Group 4 defeat in Germany which confirmed that Ireland would advance to next month's play-offs as one of the four best third-placed teams, a unique achievement for them at this level. And the visitors gave Sweden a tough match but a rare slip from visiting goalkeeper Emma Byrne allowed Edlund in for her first international goal.

Edlund goal
Sweden, who clinched qualification in June with a 5-0 win in Ireland, made five changes to the starting eleven that beat Romania 2-0 on Saturday with keeper Caroline Jönsson coming in along with Frida Östberg, Lotta Rohlin, Lisa Dahlkvist and Edlund. The home side created some half-chances in the first 15 minutes but with nothing at stake the game soon settled down. The deadlock was broken not long before the break when Byrne misjudged a Sweden corner, allowing Edlund to poke in from less than a metre.

Draw dates
The second half was not unlike the first. After 12 minutes Sweden combined well down the left flank, forcing an excellent save from Byrne. A minute later, Lotta Schelin shot just wide of the Irish goal. Yet Edlund's goal was already enough for Sweden, who can look forward to the 18 November finals draw in Helsinki and then the tournament itself in Finland from 23 August-10 September 2009. Ireland will discover their play-off opposition on Monday ahead of their two-legged date with destiny at the end of October.

Last updated: 01/10/08 23.43CET

Lineup

Sweden

Sweden

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

18Nilla Fischer
Substitution66'
1Emma Byrne (GK)
12Caroline Jönsson (GK)11Stephanie Curtis
Substitution53'
8Lotta Schelin4Niamh Fahey
16Lisa Dahlkvist7Ciara Grant (C)
13Frida Östberg (C)6Sonya Hughes
9Jessica Landström
Substitution66'
2Alisha Moran
15Therese Sjögran
Substitution79'
10Michelle O'Brien
14Madelaine Edlund
Goal42'
8Aine O'Gorman
3Stina Segerström3Meabh De Burca
2Charlotte Rohlin5Yvonne Tracy
Substitution78'
6Sara Thunebro9Mary Therese McDonnell

Substitutes

1Hedvig Lindahl (GK)12Sharon Boyle
5Caroline Seger
Substitution66'
15Olivia Christin O'Toole
Substitution78'
4Anna Paulson17Denise Anne Thomas
7Sara Larsson16Lynn Bradley (GK)
10Kosovare Asllani
Substitution66'
14Ciara McCormack
17Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Substitution79'
18Stephanie Roche
11Maria Aronsson13Jemma Connor
Substitution53'

Coach

Thomas Dennerby (SWE) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Tanja Schett (AUT)

Assistant referees

Cindy Zeferino De Oliveira (AUT), Agnes Sirrka Prammer (AUT)

Fourth official

Sara Persson (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
  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Russia, 21 August 2010
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