Sweden 3-1 Denmark (agg: 7-3)
Sweden will join Germany and Norway in the 2008 Olympic women's football tournament in China after they completed a comfortable aggregate victory against neighbours Denmark.
Both these teams exited the FIFA Women's World Cup at the group stage, necessitating this two-legged tie to fill Europe's remaining place. And Sweden, fourth in the 2004 games, followed up their 4-2 win in Denmark three weeks ago with another success tonight at the Råsunda Stadium.
Denmark in fact had the better of the early play, but after holding out for the first half-hour Sweden began to settle and Lotta Schelin gave them the lead not long before the break, and two minutes later Victoria Svensson added another. Sweden were now out of reach and 16 minutes from time Svensson converted a penalty. Cathrine Paaske Sørensen claimed a late consolation, but Sweden will be travelling east next year keen to make up for their World Cup disappointment.
"It feels good to go back to Beijing and take revenge," said Schelin. "We knew we had everything in our own hands, but we were very nervous during the first 30 minutes." Svensson added: "This means a lot to Swedish football and even though we didn't play that well, we were more efficient and that was decisive."
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