Sweden v Italy: Women's EURO facts
Friday, July 21, 2017
For the third UEFA Women's EURO running, Sweden and Italy are matched in the group stage, and while the Azzurre are out, Pia Sundhage's team are through with a point.
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• Sweden will be assured of a last-eight place with a point (or if Russia fail to win) after following up a 0-0 draw against Germany with a 2-0 victory over Russia.
• Italy became the first team to exit the competition on Friday after following up a 2-1 loss to Russia with a defeat by the same scoreline against Germany.
• Until this tournament neither of these teams had ever failed to reach the last eight since the first edition in 1984. Sweden can still maintain their record.
• This is the third straight group stage where Sweden have met Italy.
• Sweden won their 2013 meeting 3-1 and, prior to that, 1-0 in 2009; each time they finished top of the group and Italy second.
• Their first competitive encounters came in the semi-final of the inaugural European tournament of 1984, Pia Sundhage playing both legs as Sweden won 3-2 away and 2-1 at home.
• In all, Sundhage played nine internationals against Italy without defeat.
• Sweden have played 11 competitive games against Italy, winning eight and losing one.
• Including friendlies, the countries have faced off 18 times, with 13 Swedish victories, two Italian and three draws. Sweden lead the goal count 36-10.
• The Swedes are on a five-match winning streak against Italy going back to June 2004, when the Azzurre won a home UEFA Women's EURO qualifier 2-1.