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Sweden, U.S. Cruise into Knockout Stage at FIFA Women’s World Cup

Sweden, U.S. Cruise into Knockout Stage at FIFA Women’s World Cup
Sweden's Lina Hurtig celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Mimmi Larsson as Thailand's Natthakarn Chinwong reacts during their Women's World Cup Group F match at Stade de Nice, Nice, France on Sunday. Photo: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

By Ned Payne |

Sweden eased into the FIFA Women’s World Cup last 16 with a 5-1 thrashing of Thailand, who nonetheless stole the show by netting their first goal of the tournament.

The Swedes were superior in all areas in the Group F clash and took a 3-0 lead into the interval at Allianz Riviera in Nice, Linda Sembrant opening the scoring with a header after just six minutes.

In front of a crowd of little more than 9,000 – the lowest of the tournament – Kosovare Asllani doubled the advantage and a powerful strike from Fridolina Rolfo added to the Thais’ woes.

Lina Hurtig’s header made it four before Thailand, who had been battered 13-0 by the United States in their opening fixture, pulled one back in second-half stoppage time.

Skipper Kanjana Sung-Ngoen raced clear of the defence and smashed past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl from a tight angle, resulting in tears of joy from coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian.

Sweden had the final say after Elin Rubensson tucked away a penalty, awarded following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee after Natthakarn Chingwong had handled in the box.

Elsewhere in Group F, the US reached the knockout stage courtesy of a 3-0 win over Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Experienced forward Carli Lloyd put the Americans in front in the 11th minute when she fired into the net following a poor defensive header from Su Helen Galaz.

Chile’s Carla Guerrero had an effort ruled out for offside before Julie Ertz forced home a header from a corner.

Another pinpoint corner shortly after the half hour mark allowed the unmarked Lloyd to score her second with a powerful downward header.

Lloyd twice came close to completing her hat-trick but nodded against the bar – one of three US efforts to hit the woodwork – and missed the target with a penalty.

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.


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