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England mashed by rampant Swedes
 Women's Football News 4 Jul 2013
 
Sweden 4 (Goransson 28, Schelin 32,68, Seger 49) England 1 (White 12)
England were well beaten by Euro 2013 hosts Sweden in their final warm-up game in Uddevalla before the tournament begins next week. 
 
After going unbeaten for over a year and recording a commendable 1-1 draw with World Cup holders Japan last week, this defeat will hurt England but they have eight days to regroup before things get underway in the Finals against Spain next Friday.
 
Sweden started brightly and forced England onto the back foot straight from kick off. Pia Sundhage's side broke into their visitors' box on three occasions within the opening five minutes and Kosovare Asllani will be disappointed she did not at least find the target when well placed.
 
But England rode the early pressure, slowly grew into the game and took the lead nine minutes later. After some neat work from Alex Scott down the right, Fara Williams played Ellen White into the box and the striker kept her cool to clip the ball beyond Kristin Hammarstrom and into the far corner.
 
Both sides were generally accurate with their distribution of the ball in the first half, but a misplaced pass by Williams allowed Asllani another sight at goal and the striker fired narrowly wide from 20 yards. At the other end of the pitch, White was also looking bright as she drove a Jill Scott lay off over the bar.
 
A bumper crowd in Skarsjovallen were being treated to an entertaining encounter. The excitement increased when Goransson levelled matters just before the half hour mark. She picked up Marie Hammarstrom's through ball, powered into the box and shot past Karen Bardsley before Alex Scott could get a block in.
 
With the momentum behind them, Sweden went ahead four minutes later as Lyon star Lotta Schelin poked home Caroline Seger's far post cross from the right, though she was aided by an unfortunate deflection off Casey Stoney.
 
Sara Thunebro then stung Bardsley's hands with an audacious drive from 35 yards, as did Marie Hammarstrom from just outside the area.
 
England might have been relieved to hear the half time whistle to give them a chance to reorganise and Hope Powell made five changes at the break as Bardsley, Stoney, Steph Houghton, Rachel Yankey and White were replaced by Rachel Brown-Finnis, Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi, Karen Carney and Toni Duggan.
 
But the changes did not have the desired effect, as Sweden extended their lead early in the second half through Seger. After dispossessing Anita Asante in her own half, the experienced skipper exchanged passes with Schelin, held off Sophie Bradley and found the corner of the net.
 
It could have got worse for England, but for Brown-Finnis saving well from Schelin and then from substitute Lisa Dahlkvist. The Everton 'keeper was also required to keep out Rohlin's header soon after.
 
The Three Lions kept battling and fashioned a good chance down the right just after the hour. Carney whipped a low ball into the near post, Eniola Aluko and Jill Scott both attempted to reach the cross, but Nilla Fischer did well to deflect it behind.
 
For all of Sweden's good play, it was a long ball over the top that effectively wrapped up the victory. Fischer found Schelin running through the centre and the 28-year-old reached the ball ahead of Brown-Finnis. The shot came back off the post, Bradley was unable to get the ball out from under her feet and Schelin tapped home from close range.
 
England's only significant sight of goal in the second half came through a powerful long distance strike by Toni Duggan which Kristin Hammarstrom palmed onto the post at full stretch. There was more worrying news for England as Bradley was carried off in obvious pain, clutching her left ankle after appearing to catch her studs in the turf. With England having used their full allocation of substitutes, they were forced to finish the game with ten players.
 
Sweden could have further increased their lead, Charlotte Rohlin heading against the bar from a corner and Brown-Finnis making a fine save from Therese Sjogran, the resulting corner picking out Rohlin who blazed over from close range. The excellent Brown-Finnis also made a great late stop from Jakobsson to keep the scoreline respectable. 
 
England: Karen Bardsley (sub Rachel Brown-Finnis 45mins), Alex Scott, Steph Houghton (sub Dunia Susi 45mins), Jill Scott (sub Jordan Nobbs 70mins), Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney (sub Laura Bassett 45mins), Eniola Aluko, Anita Asante, Ellen White (sub Toni Duggan 45mins), Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey (sub Karen Carney 45mins).

 
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