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Sweden claim first-leg advantage

Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 19.37CET
Denmark 2-4 Sweden Sweden took a major step towards the Olympics with victory in Viborg in the away leg of their play-off with Denmark.
by Peter Bruun
Published: Thursday 8 November 2007, 19.37CET

Sweden claim first-leg advantage

Denmark 2-4 Sweden Sweden took a major step towards the Olympics with victory in Viborg in the away leg of their play-off with Denmark.

Denmark 2-4 Sweden
Sweden took a major step towards the 2008 Olympic women's football tournament with victory in Viborg in the away leg of their play-off with Denmark.

Quick equaliser
These teams are meeting for the right to join Germany and Norway in China next year, having both exited the FIFA Women's World Cup at the group stage but been given a chance by quarter-finalists England's ineligibility. And Sweden were ahead on 31 minutes through Jessica Langström but within seconds Denmark had equalised through Cathrine Paaske Sørensen.

Vital goals
However Sweden were quick out of the blocks at the start of the second half and shocked their hosts by scoring twice within the first three minutes – the first coming from Lotta Schelin, closely followed by a Caroline Seger effort. And shortly after the hour mark Sweden made it four when Schelin claimed her second of the night and though Denmark substitute Maiken Pape won and converted a penalty with ten minutes left, they have a huge task in the return at the Råsunda Stadion on 28 November.

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