Norway 0-2 Sweden Sweden ended an eight-year wait for victory against Norway as Lotta Schelin and Jessica Landström scored for a friendly win in Cyprus.
Norway 0-2 Sweden
Sweden ended an eight-year wait for victory against arch-rivals Norway as Lotta Schelin and Jessica Landström scored for a friendly win in Cyprus.
With both teams building towards UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying and the Olympics this year, they have been on a training camp and this was the third of a series of friendlies, with Sweden gained a 2-0 win against England, who went on to defeat Norway 2-1. That line of form continued today as both teams fielded a young side, goalkeeper Kristin Hammarström and defender Malin Levenstad making debuts for Sweden.
Schelin scores again
Schelin added to her two goals against England and scored for the fifth straight games with a 16th-minute penalty after Nilla Fischer was fouled. Levenstad then justified her call-up by stopping a Norway penalty and Landström ran on to a Charlotte Rohlin long ball to clinch victory with 22 minutes left.
Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby, whose team resume EURO qualifying in Hungary on 3 May having not dropped a Group 2 point, said: "I am very pleased with everyone who has played in these two matches. It really feels like we have a much broader selection of players." Norway, top of Group 6 with nine points from three games, are at home to Israel and Poland in May.