Sweden striker Lotta Schelin has extended her lead over team-mate Nilla Fischer in the race for adidas Golden Boot after the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-finals were completed.
At the end of the group stage, Schelin was a single assist clear of defender Fischer. But two goals and an assist in the hosts' 4-0 dismissal of Iceland in Halmstad left Schelin with a commanding advantage, and just one behind the record tally of six set by Inka Grings four years ago in Finland.
Fischer remains in the Silver Boot position as the only player with three goals, and of the ten standing on two, only four remain in the tournament: Solveig Gulbrandsen, Josefine Öqvist, Célia Okoyino da Mbabi and Mia Brogaard. Louisa Necib moved into the Bronze Boot position by converting against Denmark, but with France out cannot add to her tally.
1 (Gold) Lotta Schelin (Sweden) 5 goals, 2 assists, 337 minutes
2 (Silver) Nilla Fischer (Sweden) 3 goals, 0 assists, 360 minutes
3 (Bronze) Louisa Necib (France) 2 goals, 2 assists, 297 minutes*
4 Eugénie Le Sommer (France) 2 goals, 2 assists, 327 minutes*
5 Verónica Boquete (Spain) 2 goals, 1 assist, 360 minutes*
6 Marie-Laure Delie (France) 2 goals, 0 assists, 151 minutes*
7 Solveig Gulbrandsen (Norway) 2 goals, 0 assists, 274 minutes
8 Josefine Öqvist (Sweden) 2 goals, 0 assists, 282 minutes
9 Melania Gabiaddini (Italy) 2 goals, 0 assists, 297 minutes*
10 Célia Okoyino da Mbabi (Germany) 2 goals, 0 assists, 338 minutes
2013 competition top scorers (including qualifying)
Célia Okoyino da Mbabi (Germany) 19 - record
Verónica Boquete (Spain) 12*
Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Iceland) 12*
Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland) 11*
María Paz (Spain) 10*
Previous final tournament top scorers
2009: Inka Grings (Germany) 6
2005: Inka Grings (Germany) 4
2001: Claudia Müller (Germany), Sandra Smisek (Germany) 3
1997: Carolina Morace (Italy), Marianne Pettersen (Norway), Angélique Rouhas (France) 4
More information about the Golden Boot award can be found here.
While goals scored will always be the first criterion in deciding the leading scorer further criteria will be used to separate players with the same goal tallies – firstly, assists, then minutes played (with the player boasting the better goals-to-minutes-on-the-pitch ratio taking precedence).
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