Sweden stay perfect to set up USA rematch

Sweden made nine changes but still cruised to a 2-0 win over Argentina to top Group G.

  • A much-changed Sweden team outclassed Argentina in Hamilton

  • Rebecka Blomqvist and Elin Rubensson on target for the Group G winners

  • Watch free live streams, highlights and more from the Women’s World Cup on FIFA

 

Argentina 0-2 Sweden | Group G

Goalscorers: Blomqvist (66′), Rubensson (90′ pen)

Sweden have set up a mouth-watering last-16 meeting with holders USA after beating Argentina to top Group G with an unblemished record.

Peter Gerhardsson made nine changes to his starting XI but his second string still proved too strong for their South American opponents, securing a deserved win through Rebecka Blomqvist’s header and a late Elin Rubensson penalty.

 

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This wasn’t a classic FIFA Women’s World Cupℱ encounter by any means, but the Swedes produced the game’s few moments of genuine quality, with the lively Madelen Janogy particularly dangerous.

Olivia Schough was among the other Swedes to be given her chance to impress, and she enjoyed the best two chances of a forgettable first half, curling a free-kick into the keeper’s arms before heading wastefully wide at the end of a flowing team move.

Sofia Jakobsson was among the more familiar faces introduced to Gerhardsson’s line-up and, despite a frustrating match overall, a flash of her well-established qualities set up Sweden’s opener. The veteran winger skipped away from her marker, delivered an inch-perfect cross and Blomqvist, timing her run to perfection, bulleted the ball home.

 

Blomqvist was also heavily involved when the lead was doubled as the clock ticked down, earning the penalty from which Rubensson struck one of the most precise spot-kicks seen at these finals.

Sweden duly finished top of their section, and emerged with a perfect group-stage record, for just the second time at a Women’s World Cup. They will now look forward to a meeting with a US side they destroyed 3-0 when the teams last met in a competitive match at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.

 

Key stat

Argentina’s long wait for a Women’s World Cup win goes on. This was their 12th match (D3 L9) without success at the global finals.

VISA Player of the Match

Rebecka Blomqvist (Sweden)

 

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