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Great Britain and Sweden draw blank
 Women's Football News 20 Jul 2012
 
Great Britain 0 Sweden 0
The warm up international for the Olympic Games ended in a stalemate as Great Britain and Sweden drew a blank at the Riverside Stadium. 
 
It was Team GB who came closest to scoring when Rachel Yankey hit the post in the second half but Sweden squandered a number of good opportunities as both sides could not find a breakthrough in a largely dull encounter.
 
Great Britain were playing their first official match together and both Scottish members of the squad - Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke - were in the starting line up. They began the brighter in the opening stages with Ellen White twice producing efforts off target.
 
Eniola Aluko broke down the left and made her way into the area and, although her cross failed to find a team mate, the ball fell kindly for White who hooked a left foot shot just beyond the far post.
 
Without their star striker Lotta Schelin who was nursing an injury, Sweden had relied mainly on counter attacks up to this point but they should have taken the lead as Sofia Jakobsson set up a golden chance for Caroline Seger in front of goal but she miscued her shot badly with only Karen Bardsley to beat.
 
Kelly Smith was starting her first match in several months and showed some neat touches before almost giving her side the lead with a trademark strike. Showing a typically shrewd piece of vision, she tried to lob an out of position Hedvig Lindahl from distance but her effort was narrowly past the post with the keeper struggling.
 
The lively Jakobsson tested Bardsley following a good run but at the other end, Team GB thought they had taken the lead just before half time. Kim Little - playing in a much deeper role than for her club side Arsenal - slid a good through ball to Smith who finished neatly but an offside flag ruled out any celebrations.
 
Both teams made changes at the break and Sweden commanded much of the second half and there was a scare for the home side as Dieke was forced to head away a Jakobsson shot from in front of goal. Jakobsson again had a great chance when she was put through by Nilla Fischer but she slid her shot well wide.
 
Two GB substitutes then combined to provide the moment of the match for GB. Karen Carney picked the ball up on the halfway line and split the Swedish defence with a great pass to release Yankey on goal but her shot came back off the post and Lina Nilsson managed to clear and prevent the winger from tucking home the rebound.
 
Carney then repeated Smith's first half effort with another long range lob which dipped narrowly over the bar but at the other end, the normally reliable Seger once again failed to hit the target from six yards out after Antonia Goransson had found her unmarked with the goal at her mercy.
 
This was the last clear opportunity as neither side could find a way through and the game petered out into a goalless stalemate. 
 
Great Britain: Karen Bardsley (sub Rachel Brown 45mins), Alex Scott, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Casey Stoney (sub Claire Rafferty 81mins), Ifeoma Dieke (sub Sophie Bradley 62mins), Ellen White (sub Rachel Yankey 62mins), Kim Little, Kelly Smith (sub Karen Carney 62mins), Anita Asante (sub Fara Williams 45mins), Eniola Aluko. Subs not used: Rachel Williams, Emma Higgins, Dunia Susi, Jane Ross, Jess Clarke.

Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Linda Sembrant, Emma Berglund, Annica Svensson (sub Lina Nilsson 45mins), Nilla Fischer (sub Malin Levenstad 90mins), Sara Thunebro, Lisa Dahlkvist (sub Johanna Almgren 59mins), Kosavare Asllani (sub Antonia Goransson 67mins), Sofia Jakobsson (sub Susanne Moberg 82mins), Marie Hammarstrom, Caroline Seger. Subs not used: Sofia Lundgren, Madelaine Edlund, Stina Segerstrom, Jassica Landstrom, Kristin Hammarstrom.


 
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