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Sjöström sparks Swedish joy

Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 0.25CET
England 0-1 Sweden Anna Sjöström's goal takes Sweden through as Group A winners and knocks out the hosts.

Standings

Group A : ENG / SWE / FIN / DEN(Host country: England)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden31202115
Finland Finland31114404
Denmark Denmark31114404
England England310245-13
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 0.25CET

Sjöström sparks Swedish joy

England 0-1 Sweden Anna Sjöström's goal takes Sweden through as Group A winners and knocks out the hosts.

By Paul Saffer at Ewood Park

Sweden secured a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-final place as an early Anna Sjöström goal eliminated hosts England.

Hosts depart
Despite matching Sweden all the way, England could not claim the equaliser they needed to deny the 2001 runners-up, who ended top of Group A thanks to fellow-qualifiers Finland’s 2-1 win against Denmark, a result that left Hope Powell's team in fourth.

Goalkeeping change
Each team made two changes from their Wednesday matches. Rachel Brown replaced injury doubt Josephine Fletcher in goal for England, who conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss to Denmark, with Eniola Aluko rather than Amanda Barr leading the line. Caroline Seger and Sjöström took over from Malin Andersson and Lotta Schelin in the Sweden midfield from the team that began the goalless draw with Finland.

Sweden score
Knowing they had to win, Sweden immediately attacked, and within three minutes had a corner from which they scored. Therese Sjögran's in-swinger deflected off Katie Chapman into the path of Sjöström, who flicked the ball into the net with her heel.

Yankey effort
Any thoughts England had of holding on for a draw were now banished, and the 25,000-strong crowd upped their noise, especially when the nippy Aluko ran at the Swedish defence. Rachel Yankey had England's first shot, angled straight at Hedvig Lindahl, who then emerged bravely to dive at the feet of Kelly Smith.

Lindahl relieved
A Yankey free-kick was headed over her own bar by Seger, and after a quiet spell of play Aluko's pace so nearly created a bizarre goal on 33 minutes as she charged down a Lindahl clearance from a backpass. The ball looped into the air, but bobbled just wide of the far post.

White header
Then just before the break, a real spell of England pressure. A Karen Carney corner was met by Faye White only for her header to be deflected away off the bar by Jane Törnqvist, and Yankey curled a shot over. In the final seconds, though, White did have to make a saving tackle from Hanna Ljungberg.

Chapman effort
Smith remained on the pitch after the break for the first time in the finals, and touched on a Yankey cross for Carney to send in a shot that was turned wide, producing a corner that Chapman headed over. That prompted Sweden coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors to send on Frida Östberg to bolster their midfield.

Goalkeepers alert
It proved a wise move, because play moved towards the hosts' goal. Svensson was played through and touched the ball past the body of Brown only for the goalkeeper's legs to block. England responded, and a curling Alex Scott cross was back-heeled by Yankey but stopped by Lindahl.

Last gamble
Powell sent on Barr for Carney to give an extra striking option 20 minutes from time, but Sweden did not reach the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup final without good reason, and kept possession well to ensure Domanski-Lyfors's last campaign as coach continues to a semi-final against the Group B runners-up in Warrington on Thursday. How England, whose players and supporters never gave up hope, must rue those late Danish goals here three days ago.

Attendance: 25,694

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.10CET

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Lineups

England

England

Sweden

Sweden

13
BrownRachel Brown (GK)
12
LindahlHedvig Lindahl (GK)
2
A. ScottAlex Scott
3
TörnqvistJane Törnqvist
3
UnittRachel Unitt
4
MarklundHanna Marklund
4
ChapmanKatie Chapman
5
BengtssonKristin Bengtsson
Substitution75
5
F. WhiteFaye White (C)
6
MoströmMalin Moström (C)
6
PhillipMary Phillip
7
S. LarssonSara Larsson
8
F. WilliamsFara Williams
10
LjungbergHanna Ljungberg
11
YankeyRachel Yankey
11
Sandell SvenssonVictoria Sandell Svensson
Substitution90+3
12
K. SmithKelly Smith
15
SjögranTherese Sjögran
14
CarneyKaren Carney
Substitution69
16
SegerCaroline Seger
Yellow Card5
Substitution54
18
AlukoEniola Aluko
17
SjöströmAnna Sjöström
Goal3

Substitutes

1
FletcherJosephine Fletcher (GK)
1
JönssonCaroline Jönsson (GK)
7
HandleyJody Handley
2
WestbergKarolina Westberg
Substitution75
9
BarrAmanda Barr
Substitution69
8
ÖstbergFrida Östberg
Substitution54
10
WestwoodEmily Westwood
9
AnderssonMalin Andersson
15
StoneyCasey Stoney
13
SchelinLotta Schelin
16
ExleyVicky Exley
14
M. KarlssonMaria Karlsson
17
AsanteAnita Asante
18
ÅströmMaja Åström (GK)
19
JohnsonLindsay Johnson
19
PaulsonAnna Paulson
20
HallLeanne Hall (GK)
20
ÖqvistJosefine Öqvist
Substitution90+3

Coach

Hope Powell (ENG) Marika Domanski Lyfors* (SWE)

Referee

Nicole Petignat (SUI)

Assistant referees

Elke Lüthi (SUI), Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

Fourth official

Kari Seitz (USA)

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