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Scintillating Sweden leave Iceland spellbound

Published: Sunday 21 July 2013, 16.42CET
Sweden 4-0 Iceland
Lotta Schelin struck two more goals as the hosts stormed into the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 semi-finals with a faultless display in Halmstad.
by Sam Crompton
from Örjans vall

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SwedenIceland

Goals scored4
 
0
Total attempts17
 
4
Attempts on target7
 
1
off target6
 
2
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
4

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Published: Sunday 21 July 2013, 16.42CET

Scintillating Sweden leave Iceland spellbound

Sweden 4-0 Iceland
Lotta Schelin struck two more goals as the hosts stormed into the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 semi-finals with a faultless display in Halmstad.

Sweden will play Germany for a place in the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final after making light work of Iceland in Halmstad.

There was an air of inevitability about this last-eight encounter from the moment Marie Hammarström sent the vast majority of the Örjans vall crowd into delirium after just three minutes. Sweden had failed to win a UEFA Women's EURO knockout match since 2001 but made light of such statistics as Josefine Öqvist swiftly consolidated their lead. Lotta Schelin rounded off the first-half scoring and inflicted the final wound on a bedraggled Iceland shortly after the break.

With a sell-out crowd in expectant mood, Sweden's most fervent prayer was for an early goal. Midfielder Hammarström duly obliged, sending a venomous left-footed drive from the edge of the area fizzing beyond the outstretched fingertips of Iceland keeper Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir. Pia Sundhage had pinpointed pace as a means to counteract Iceland's dogged rearguard: her charges responded in kind, dictating proceedings with metronomic consistency.

A goal of brilliance in creation and execution made Iceland's task mountainous. Schelin dissected the opposition defence with a visionary pass for Öqvist, who prodded the ball beyond Gunnarsdóttir for her second goal in as many games. The tide of pressure looked set to overwhelm Iceland as Schelin turned goalscorer five minutes later. Kosovare Asllani's effervescent running took her beyond full-back Fanndís Fridriksdóttir, before she swept a delicious centre towards the front post, where the Olympique Lyonnais player made Gunnarsdóttir's net billow.

It needed a moment of inspiration to lift Iceland spirits and Fridriksdóttir almost provided it, whipping deviously across goal without finding a recipient. It was Sweden who finished the half with a flourish, however, Schelin showing fleet of foot to beguile her marker before firing over.

Siggi Eyjolfsson's charges were undone for a fourth time 14 minutes into the second period. The intuitive combinations of Asllani and Schelin bore fruit once more, with the latter taking receipt of a beautifully weighted pass and poking in from close range to move two goals clear in the adidas Golden Boot race on five strikes.

That proved to be the irrepressible forward's final contribution as she left the pitch to a standing ovation, secure in the knowledge her team would compete in the Gothenburg semi-final on 24 July. Iceland, meanwhile, could take heart from becoming the first team from their nation to make it past the group stage of a final tournament at any level.

Player of the match: Kosovare Asllani (Sweden)

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.54CET

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2013/matches/round=2000176/match=2011594/postmatch/report/index.html#sweden+stroll+into+semis

Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Iceland

Iceland

1
K. HammarströmKristin Hammarström (GK)
13
G. GunnarsdóttirGudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir (GK)
2
RohlinCharlotte Rohlin
2
AtladóttirSif Atladóttir
5
FischerNilla Fischer
3
Ó. VidarsdóttirÓlína Vidarsdóttir
6
ThunebroSara Thunebro
5
GísladóttirHallbera Gísladóttir
8
SchelinLotta Schelin
Goal19
Goal59
Substitution67
7
GunnarsdóttirSara Bjork Gunnarsdóttir
9
AsllaniKosovare Asllani
8
JónsdóttirKatrín Jónsdóttir (C)
Substitution81
10
JakobssonSofia Jakobsson
9
M. VidarsdóttirMargrét Lára Vidarsdóttir
Substitution79
14
ÖqvistJosefine Öqvist
Goal14
Substitution46
10
LárusdóttirDóra Maria Lárusdóttir
17
SegerCaroline Seger (C)
14
BrynjarsdóttirDagný Brynjarsdóttir
18
SamuelssonJessica Samuelsson
19
FridriksdóttirFanndís Fridriksdóttir
Yellow Card50
Substitution65
20
M. HammarströmMarie Hammarström
Goal3
Substitution63
22
HönnudóttirRakel Hönnudóttir

Substitutes

21
LundgrenSofia Lundgren (GK)
1
HelgadóttirThóra Helgadóttir (GK)
12
LindahlHedvig Lindahl (GK)
12
SigurdardóttirSandra Sigurdardóttir (GK)
3
SegerströmStina Segerström
4
ViggósdóttirGlódís Viggósdóttir
Substitution81
4
IlestedtAmanda Ilestedt
15
A. KristjansdóttirAnna Bjork Kristjansdóttir
7
DahlkvistLisa Dahlkvist
Substitution63
16
ThorsteinsdóttirHarpa Thorsteinsdóttir
Substitution65
11
GöranssonAntonia Göransson
Substitution46
17
E. VidarsdóttirElisa Vidarsdóttir
13
KonradssonEmmelie Konradsson
Substitution67
18
ÓdinsdóttirGudný Björk Ódinsdóttir
15
SjögranTherese Sjögran
20
T. JónsdóttirThórunn Jónsdóttir
16
NilssonLina Nilsson
21
Sof. GunnarsdóttirSoffia Gunnarsdóttir
19
MagnussonElin Magnusson
23
JensenElín Jensen
Substitution79
22
SchoughOlivia Schough
23
HjohlmanJenny Hjohlman

Coach

Pia Sundhage (SWE) Sigurdur Eyjolfsson (ISL)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

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

Fourth official

Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

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