Play-off for final tournament, First leg - 11/09/2010 - 16:00CET (16:00 local time) - Gamla Ullevi - Gothenburg

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Denmark restrict Sweden to narrow lead

Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 19.45CET
Sweden 2-1 Denmark
Cathrine Paaske-Sørensen's away goal put the World Cup play-off on a knife-edge after a tight first leg in Gothenburg.
by Rasmus Munch
from Gamla Ullevi
Denmark restrict Sweden to narrow lead
Mariann Gajhede Knudsen (left) challenges Sweden captain Caroline Seger ©Anders Kjærbye/

Match statistics


Goals scored2
Goal attempts6
Attempts off target8
Fouls committed10
Yellow cards0
Red cards0



Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 19.45CET

Denmark restrict Sweden to narrow lead

Sweden 2-1 Denmark
Cathrine Paaske-Sørensen's away goal put the World Cup play-off on a knife-edge after a tight first leg in Gothenburg.

The FIFA Women's World Cup play-off between Sweden and Denmark is delicately poised after a tight first leg in Gothenburg.

Sweden seemed to have control of the tie thanks to strikes from Linda Forsberg and Lotta Schelin but Cathrine Paaske-Sørensen then claimed an away goal to give Denmark real hope in Thursday's second leg in Vejle. However, Denmark coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller insisted: "Sweden are still huge favourites."

Denmark were under pressure from the off and were behind on 12 minutes when Forsberg exchanged passes with Nilla Fischer before beating two defender and producing a tremendous strike to the top scorner. Schelin came close to a second but could not find the target with only Heidi Johansen to beat.

Although Denmark pushed more after the break they were two down just past the hour mark. Josefine Öqvist's clever ball found Schelin, who put her shot between Johansen's legs. Three minutes later, though, Katrine Pedersen's deflected free-kick was parried by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into Paaske-Sørensen's path and the Denmark midfielder volleyed in. Lindahl denied Pedersen in added time as the visitors pushed hard at the end following the arrival of Katrine Veje and Johanna Rasmussen.

Thomas Dannerby, the Sweden coach, said: "The most important was to win the match because now Denmark are forced to win. I believe that it was bad luck that Denmark managed to score a goal but that's football. In the second leg Denmark may be forced to push forward and that could work for us. We are very good at stealing the ball in midfield and playing through our very quick forwards."

Heiner-Møller added: "This was a top-class international with two teams trying to win. Furthermore I think the referees deserve credit for a good effort. I am clearly not satisfied with the result but we did manage to score a goal which could be very important in the second leg. In the second half I brought in some extra firepower up front and that paid off I think. I believe that Sweden have an excellent team with many quality players, especially their frontline. Sweden are still huge favourites to proceed from the play-offs but we will give them a hard fight in Vejle on Thursday."

Last updated: 11/09/10 23.41CET

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1Hedvig Lindahl (GK)1Heidi Johansen (GK)
2Charlotte Rohlin2Line Røddik
5Caroline Seger (C)3Katrine Søndergaard Pedersen (C)
6Sara Thunebro4Christina Ørntoft
7Sara Larsson5Janni Arnth
8Lotta Schelin
6Mariann Knudsen
13Lina Nilsson7Cathrine Paaske-Sørensen
14Josefine Öqvist
8Julie Rydahl Bukh
15Therese Sjögran
10Nadia Nadim
Yellow Card53
16Linda Forsberg
14Pernille Harder
18Nilla Fischer15Sanne Troelsgaard


12Sofia Lundgren (GK)16Tine Cederkvist (GK)
3Stina Segerström9Maiken Pape
4Annica Svensson11Katrine Veje
9Jessica Landström
12Nanna Christiansen
10Kosovare Asllani
13Johanna Rasmussen
11Linnea Liljegärd17Mette Jensen
17Lisa Dahlkvist18Theresa Nielsen


Thomas Dennerby (SWE) Kenneth Heiner-Møller (DEN)


Christina Westrum Pedersen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Hege Steinlund (NOR), Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Alicia Westman (SWE)


  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Sweden

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v Denmark, 16 September 2010, 2-2
  • Denmark

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v Sweden, 16 September 2010, 2-2
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