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Five-star Sweden crush Finland
 Women's Football News 14 Jul 2013
 
Sweden 5 (Fischer 15,36, Asllani 38, Schelin 60,87) Finland 0
Sweden hit top form and dished out a five-goal hammering to neighbours Finland to set their Euro 2013 hopes alight in spectacular style. 
 
The host nation equalled the biggest victory in the tournament's history and would have won by several more had it not been for the brilliance of Finnish goalkeeper Tinja-Rikka Korpela.
 
Korpela was called into action early on when she saved from Kosovare Asllani following good work by Sofia Jakobsson and then she tipped over a long range shot by Caroline Seger.
 
However following a series of corners, Sweden took the lead although the opening goal was tinged with controversy. Although the ball clearly looked to have gone out for a goal kick, a corner was awarded - not the only time this occurred during the game - and Sweden took full advantage, Marie Hammarstrom's kick being powered in by Nilla Fischer at the near post.
 
The nerves which had affected Sweden's opening game with Denmark vanished and they began to overpower a Finnish side which tried valiantly to resist the oncoming tide. The superbly executed corners from Hammarstrom were a constant threat and it was no surprise that another led to the second goal on 36 minutes.
 
Finland could not get the ball away and Asllani volleyed towards goal. Korpela made an excellent instinctive save but Fischer reacted quickest to slot home the rebound for her third goal of the tournament.
 
Two minutes later, Jakobsson broke down the right and crossed for Asllani to guide a neat glancing header beyond the dive of Korpela and inside the far post to put the Swedes three ahead.
 
There was no respite for Finland after the break as Sweden, roared on by a noisy capacity crowd, played at a blistering pace and went in search of further goals. The Finnish defence held out until the hour mark, when the goal the home nation craved finally came.
 
Asllani was once again heavily involved with a slide rule pass to put Lotta Schelin through on goal and despite Korpela getting a hand to her shot, Sweden's poster girl buried her shot in the corner of the net.
 
Schelin blasted a shot over following a powerful run into the area and Asllani had an effort blocked by a beleaguered Finland defence but Sweden were not to be denied a fifth. With three minutes left on the clock, Sara Thunebro's free kick picked out Schelin who found the corner via a bullet header.
 
Sweden did not let up the pressure and Lisa Dahlkvist's powerful strike brought out a magnificent save from the excellent Korpela, who turned the ball over the bar. Korpela also did well to hold a swerving 20-yard shot from Antonia Goransson but Sweden had proved irresistible all night. 
 
Sweden: Kristin Hammarstrom, Charlotte Rohlin, Lina Nilsson, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Sara Thunebro, Josefine Oqvist (sub Antonia Goransson 67mins), Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani (sub Jenny Hjohlman 72mins), Sofia Jakobsson, Marie Hammarstrom (sub Lisa Dahlkvist 57mins).

Finland: Tinja-Rikka Korpela, Anna Westerlund, Tuija Hyyrynen, Susanna Lehtinen, Jaana Lyytikainen (sub Natalia Kuikka 87mins), Laura Kivisto, Annika Kukkonen, Sanna Talonen (sub Ella Vanhanen 69mins), Marianna Tolvanen (sub Tiina Saario 31mins), Emmi Alanen, Nora Heorum.

 
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