“Goal by Goal: How Sweden Secured a Resounding 2-0 Victory Over Australia”

In the 2023 Women’s World Cup, Sweden clinched the third-place position by defeating co-hosts Australia with a score of 2-0 at Brisbane Stadium.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 19: Fridolina Rolfo of Sweden celebrates scoring her team’s first goal during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Third Place Match match between Sweden and Australia at Brisbane Stadium on August 19, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

 

Scoring a goal in each half, Fridolina Rolfo and Kosovare Asllani were the key players who ensured Sweden’s well-deserved victory.

Throughout the match, the Blagult team effectively neutralized Australia’s efforts and maintained near-total dominance.

The Matildas, facing both physical and mental exhaustion, struggled to keep up with Sweden’s performance on the field.

The match between Sweden and Australia saw both teams field unchanged lineups, a decision that appeared questionable on Australia coach Tony Gustavsson’s part.

The Australian team seemed lethargic and lacking in energy right from the start. Sweden had an early opportunity with Stina Blackstenius making a chance after just two minutes into the game.

The final score of the match was Sweden 2, Australia 0. Sweden’s goals were scored by Rolfo in the 29th minute and Asllani in the 62nd minute.

Australia’s best chance came from Hayley Raso, who managed to force a smart save from Zecira Musovic at her near post. However, controversy arose as a VAR review led to Sweden being awarded a penalty.

Clare Hunt, who had a solid game otherwise, was deemed to have fouled Blackstenius, resulting in the penalty.

Rolfo successfully converted the penalty, giving Sweden a well-deserved lead in a half where Australia struggled to assert themselves on the field.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 19: Kosovare Asllani of Sweden and Mary Fowler of Australia in action during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Third Place Match match between Sweden and Australia at Brisbane Stadium on August 19, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images)

 

Despite the evident need for changes, Gustavsson waited until the 60-minute mark to make substitutions.

Unfortunately for Australia, Sweden managed to extend their lead just two minutes later through a clinical counter-attack, with Asllani delivering a spectacular strike past Mackenzie Arnold.

Overall, the decision to maintain unchanged lineups seemed to backfire for Australia, as they struggled to keep up with Sweden’s performance on the pitch.

The home World Cup journey for Australia has been nothing short of exhilarating, captivating the nation and taking them through a rollercoaster of emotions.

The team’s performance led to a remarkable achievement where as many as 17 million people across the country tuned in to watch their intense semifinal match against England, despite their eventual 3-1 defeat.

Throughout the tournament, the Australian players showcased a truly heroic effort to reach this stage.

Coach Gustavsson made the strategic choice of relying on a core group of players who logged extended minutes on the field.

However, the demanding nature of their journey eventually caught up with them in the semifinal match held in Brisbane.

The players’ tireless dedication and hard work brought them to the brink of success, but the physical toll of the competition became evident during this crucial match.

Despite their best efforts, fatigue seemed to have a significant impact on their performance, ultimately leading to their defeat.

The Australian team’s journey in the home World Cup will be remembered for their determination, passion, and the unbreakable spirit they displayed on the field.

While they fell short in the end, their remarkable achievements and the unity they showed as a team will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy in the hearts of their fans and the history of Australian football.

It’s all over in Brisbane and Sweden have won the third placed playoff with a professional 2-0 win over co-hosts Australia.

Apart from a brief spell in the first half, Sweden were in control for much of the match against a Matildas side who were clearly affected by fatigue from a physically and mentally draining tournament.

They can still be incredibly proud of their efforts but it‘s something of an anticlimactic for Australia.

90+5 minutes: Hurtig is booked for a foul and then for kicking the ball away.

90th minute: Six minutes of added time to end this game.

89th minute: Another change for Sweden, as Sembrant replaces Kaneryd.

89th minute: Rubensson picks up a yellow card for a hard foul on Chidiac.

85th minute: The game has entered a bit of a lull in the last few minutes, as Sweden control the ball against an exhausted Australian side. It’s been a rough end to a fantastic tournament for the Matildas.

77th minute: Sam Kerr is back on her feet, meaning the injury doesn’t look serious and she may still rejoin this game.

76th minute: Bad news for Australia, as Sam Kerr is down and looks in incredible pain, it could be a reocurrence of the calf injury she picked up earlier in the tournament.

74th minute: Another double change, as Chdiac and Courtney Nevin come on for Polkinghorne and Ellie Carpenter; Nevin makes her World Cup debut!

72nd minute: Alex Chidiac is preparing to enter the field for Australia, she is the exact player they need right now if they are to get back in this match.

70th minute: Hunt heads Cooney-Cross’ free kick across goal and it’s met by her centre back partner Polkinghorne, but the shot is straight at Musovic.

67th minute: Sweden make their first changes, with goalscorer Asllani and Blackstenius replaced by Hurtig and Blomqvist.

64th minute: The air has really come out of Brisbane Stadium with that goal, Australia had just made the changes to get them back in the match, yet they now find themselves two goals down.

62nd minute: GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! ASLLANI DOUBLES SWEDEN’S LEAD!

A devastating counter attack gives Asllani a chance from the edge of the area, and she lashes it into the far corner of the net. Long way back for Australia now…

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