Lotta Schelin holds a narrow lead over Sweden team-mate Nilla Fischer in the the battle to finish top scorer at UEFA Women's EURO 2013 and win the adidas Golden Boot.
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Sweden's Lotta Schelin holds a narrow lead over team-mate Nilla Fischer in the race for the adidas Golden Boot following the conclusion of the group stage.
Defender Fischer set the early pace, equalising in the hosts' opening 1-1 draw with Denmark before scoring twice as they dispatched Finland 5-0. Schelin hit back with a double of her own in that game and her goal in the 3-1 defeat of Italy put the forward ahead of Fischer due to a later assist for Josefine Öqvist.
Seven players are one goal adrift of the summit, while Eugénie Le Sommer takes up the Bronze Ball position with two assists to her name. Germany striker Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, whose double against Iceland complemented her 17 in qualifying, surpassed the previous goalscoring record for a UEFA Women's EURO campaign set by compatriot Patricia Brocker in 1995.
1 (Gold) Lotta Schelin (Sweden) 3 goals, 1 assist, 270 minutes
2 (Silver) Nilla Fischer (Sweden) 3 goals, 0 assists, 270 minutes
3 (Bronze) Eugénie Le Sommer (France) 2 goals, 2 assists, 207 minutes
4 Marie-Laure Delie (France) 2 goals, 0 assists, 151 minutes
5 Melania Gabiaddini (Italy) 2 goals, 0 assists, 207 minutes
6= Verónica Boquete (Spain) 2 goals, 0 assists, 270 minutes
6= Mia Brogaard (Denmark) 2 goals, 0 assists, 270 minutes
6= Célia Okoyino da Mbabi (Germany) 2 goals, 0 assists, 270 minutes
6= Wendie Renard (France) 2 goals, 0 assists, 270 minutes
2013 competition top scorers (including qualifying)
Célia Okoyino da Mbabi (Germany) 19 - record
Verónica Boquete (Spain) 12
Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir (Iceland) 12
Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland) 11*
María Paz (Spain) 10*
Previous final tournament top scorers
2009: Inka Grings (Germany) 6
2005: Inka Grings (Germany) 4
2001: Claudia Müller (Germany), Sandra Smisek (Germany) 3
1997: Carolina Morace (Italy), Marianne Pettersen (Norway), Angélique Rouhas (France) 4
More information about the Golden Boot award can be found here.
While goals scored will always be the first criterion in deciding the leading scorer further criteria will be used to separate players with the same goal tallies – firstly, assists, then minutes played (with the player boasting the better goals-to-minutes-on-the-pitch ratio taking precedence).