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Sweden secure first-game success

Published: Tuesday 25 August 2009, 23.21CET
Sweden 3-0 Russia
Sweden underlined why they are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Finland by bringing to an end their opening-game 'jinx'.
by Trevor Haylett
from Turku Stadium
Sweden secure first-game success
Sweden celebrate their opening goal ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

SwedenRussia

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target14
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
2
Fouls committed9
 
6
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden11003033
Italy Italy11002113
England England100112-10
Russia Russia100103-30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Tuesday 25 August 2009, 23.21CET

Sweden secure first-game success

Sweden 3-0 Russia
Sweden underlined why they are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Finland by bringing to an end their opening-game 'jinx'.

Sweden had not enjoyed a winning feeling in their last eight opening fixtures in the final stage of major tournaments but that all changed in Turku as they scored twice inside the opening 15 minutes to defeat Russia.

Two headers
Headers from defender Charlotte Rohlin and captain Victoria Sandell Svensson left Russia with a huge task against a side that did not concede in eight qualifiers, and Caroline Seger's superb finish late on sealed the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ Group C points. It was the first time Sweden had won a major tournament opening game since beating Russia on home soil in the 1997 UEFA European Women's Championship.

Under pressure
Teenage goalkeeper Elena Kochneva, who only made her debut on 13 August, was soon at the centre of things, taking a clean catch from the game's first corner but then threw the ball straight to an opponent. It put her side under more pressure which they only survived at the expense of another corner. Therese Sjögran knocked it deep to the far post, Kochneva slipped and could not intercept and that gave Rohlin a simple header.

Attacking waves
A Seger shot soon after was not claimed cleanly by the goalkeeper but luckily for her the ball slipped wide of the post. However, it was 2-0 when Lisa Dahlkvist unleashed a powerful shot from outside the area which might have had enough pace to beat Kohneva anyway. The veteran Sandell Svensson put her head in the way and was rewarded as the ball diverted into the opposite corner of the net.

'Nearly' moments
Tatiana Skotnikova, the Russian captain, used her creative intelligence to try to stir a recovery and there were a few 'nearly' moments that gave her team hope. However, Hedvig Lindahl in the Sweden goal remained relatively untroubled until the 32nd minute when a free-kick prompted a scramble in the Sweden penalty area. The ball dropped for Olga Petrova but she drove it over the bar.

Seger scores
The half-time introduction of Elena Danilova, prolific as a teenager but only just recovered from serious injury, added more bite to Russia's attacks, yet they could not break through and the impressive Seger wrapped it up with eight minutes remaining with a lofted drive from outside the area. Sweden will next face Italy, 2-1 winners against England, here on Friday while Russia will try for their first European finals victory in eight attempts against Hope Powell's side.

Att: 4,697

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.35CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Russia

Russia

1
LindahlHedvig Lindahl (GK)
12
KochnevaElena Kochneva (GK)
2
RohlinCharlotte Rohlin
Goal5
5
SkotnikovaTatiana Skotnikova (C)
Substitution87
4
PaulsonAnna Paulson
7
ShmachkovaOksana Shmachkova
5
SegerCaroline Seger
Goal82
8
SavchenkovaValentina Savchenkova
6
ThunebroSara Thunebro
9
FominaElena Fomina
7
S. LarssonSara Larsson
10
KurochkinaOlesya Kurochkina
Substitution46
8
SchelinLotta Schelin
11
PoryadinaOlga Poryadina
10
AsllaniKosovare Asllani
Substitution76
15
PetrovaOlga Petrova
Substitution62
11
Sandell SvenssonVictoria Sandell Svensson (C)
Goal15
Substitution87
16
PertsevaNatalia Pertseva
15
SjögranTherese Sjögran
19
TsybutovichKsenia Tsybutovich
17
DahlkvistLisa Dahlkvist
Substitution69
21
MorozovaElena Morozova

Substitutes

21
RönnlundUlla Karin Rönnlund (GK)
1
ToduaElvira Todua (GK)
12
K. HammarströmKristin Hammarström (GK)
22
VazhnovaGalina Vazhnova (GK)
3
SegerströmStina Segerström
2
TerekhovaElena Terekhova
Substitution62
9
LandströmJessica Landström
3
KozhnikovaAnna Kozhnikova
13
LisselKarin Lissel
4
SochnevaEkaterina Sochneva
14
ForsLouise Fors
6
MyskivNadezhda Myskiv
16
P. LarssonPetra Larsson
13
RogovaAlla Rogova
18
FischerNilla Fischer
Substitution87
14
KharchenkoNadezhda Kharchenko
Substitution87
19
LindénSara Lindén
17
DanilovaElena Danilova
Substitution46
20
LiljegärdLinnea Liljegärd
Substitution69
18
TsydikovaSvetlana Tsydikova
22
L. NilssonLina Nilsson
Substitution76
20
BarbashinaNatalia Barbashina

Coach

Thomas Dennerby (SWE) Igor Shalimov (RUS)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tonja Paavola (FIN), Maria Luisa Gutierrez (ESP)

Fourth official

Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)

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