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Sweden power into last eight

Published: Friday 28 August 2009, 22.46CET
Italy 0-2 Sweden
Sweden steamrollered past Italy to march into the quarter-finals and confirm their status as one of the title contenders.
by Trevor Haylett
from Turku Stadium
Sweden power into last eight
Lotta Schelin (No8) is congratulated after scoring ©UEFA.com

Match statistics

ItalySweden

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
6
Fouls committed8
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden22005056
Italy Italy210123-13
England England21014403
Russia Russia200226-40
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Friday 28 August 2009, 22.46CET

Sweden power into last eight

Italy 0-2 Sweden
Sweden steamrollered past Italy to march into the quarter-finals and confirm their status as one of the title contenders.

Sweden demonstrated their undoubted class again to claim a second win in Group C and book their place in the quarter-finals of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™. For Italy, it was a sobering experience after their victory over England and they must regroup and try to revive their own qualifying prospects in Monday's final pool game.

Complete control
The game was won inside the first 20 minutes when Sweden enjoyed complete control and scored through Lotta Schelin and Kosovare Asllani. As valiantly as the Azzurre tried to find a way back into the contest, they met only Swedish roadblocks and, apart from watching a couple of dangerous crosses fly past her area, goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl was a virtual bystander.

Disallowed goal
Sweden might have been ahead with just 17 seconds gone when Victoria Sandell Svensson played in Schelin but Anna Maria Picarelli was out quickly to block. They thought they had opened the scoring in the third minute when Caroline Seger forced the ball home from the corner only to see it ruled out for a push. Finally, in the ninth minute, they took the lead as the Italian defence was cut apart.

Schelin shines
The build-up was slick and progressive, Therese Sjögran moving the ball swiftly to Sandell Svensson who spotted Schelin's clever run in behind her marker. Out came Picarelli but this time she was unable to prevent the goal. Schelin had been relatively quiet in Sweden's first game but registering rekindled her self-belief and it was her dangerous run in from the right that engineered the second on 19 minutes, Asllani steadying herself before finding the net.

Few attacks
It required a monumental effort from Italy just to repel the yellow onslaught. Consequently their own planned counterattacks were something of a rarity and celebrated forward, Patrizia Panico, cut an isolated, forlorn figure. She did manage a shot on the turn in the 35th minute but it scarcely troubled Lindahl.

Physical test
The second period followed a similar pattern but Sweden's football became a little ragged as they kept Italy at arm's length. Italy coach Pietro Ghedin will be pleased with how his side, physically outpowered, did not give up the fight but they almost conceded a third when Sara Thunebro's long-ranger skimmed the bar. Sweden complete their group fixtures here on Monday against England, while Italy face Russia in Helsinki.

Att: 5,947

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.33CET

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Lineups

Italy

Italy

Sweden

Sweden

1
PicarelliAnna Maria Picarelli (GK)
1
LindahlHedvig Lindahl (GK)
2
GamaSara Gama
2
RohlinCharlotte Rohlin
3
D'AddaRoberta D'Adda
3
SegerströmStina Segerström
4
TuttinoAlessia Tuttino
4
PaulsonAnna Paulson
5
TonaElisabetta Tona
5
SegerCaroline Seger
6
SchiaviViviana Schiavi
6
ThunebroSara Thunebro
7
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
8
SchelinLotta Schelin
Goal9
8
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
Substitution69
10
AsllaniKosovare Asllani
Goal19
Substitution79
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
11
Sandell SvenssonVictoria Sandell Svensson (C)
10
ZorriTatiana Zorri
Substitution75
15
SjögranTherese Sjögran
Substitution89
19
PiniCarolina Pini
17
DahlkvistLisa Dahlkvist
Substitution66

Substitutes

22
PenzoSara Penzo (GK)
12
K. HammarströmKristin Hammarström (GK)
12
CupidoMichela Cupido (GK)
21
RönnlundUlla Karin Rönnlund (GK)
11
FuselliSilvia Fuselli
Substitution69
7
S. LarssonSara Larsson
13
MottaGiorgia Motta
9
LandströmJessica Landström
14
ParisiAlice Parisi
Substitution75
13
LisselKarin Lissel
15
GuagniAlia Guagni
14
ForsLouise Fors
Substitution89
16
NeboliLaura Neboli
16
P. LarssonPetra Larsson
17
VicchiarelloEvelyn Vicchiarello
18
FischerNilla Fischer
Substitution66
Yellow Card85
18
ContiPamela Conti
19
LindénSara Lindén
20
ManieriRaffaella Manieri
20
LiljegärdLinnea Liljegärd
Substitution79
21
CarissimiMarta Carissimi
22
L. NilssonLina Nilsson

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (ITA) Thomas Dennerby (SWE)

Referee

Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Assistant referees

Marina Wozniak (GER), Corinne Nadine Lagrange (FRA)

Fourth official

Christina Westrum Pedersen (NOR)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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