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Swedes claim top spot
 Women's Football News 17 Jul 2013
 
Sweden 3 (Manieri og 47, Schelin 49, Oqvist 57) Italy 1 (Gabbiadini 78)
Sweden made sure of taking top spot in Group A after three goals in eleven second half minutes carried them to victory over Italy, who finish in second place. 
 
A draw would have been enough for Sweden against an Italian side which had made seven changes to their starting line up and chances were few and far between during the first half.
 
Indeed, the most notable aspect of the first half was a series of challenges from the Italian players, some late, some physical, and the biggest surprise was that only Giorgia Motta was yellow carded for scything down Jessica Samuelsson.
 
It was no surprise that the first half ended goalless but the game exploded into life from the start of the second half. Therese Sjogran had been introduced as a half time substitute and her impact was an instant one, the veteran midfielder making a run into the area from Josefine Oqvist's pass and cut the ball back to Marie Hammarstrom but the ball cannoned off the unfortunate Raffaella Manieri and Chiara Marchitelli could not prevent it from going in.
 
Before Italy could recover, they quickly found themselves two behind. Lisa Dahlkvist's firm header forward released Lotta Schelin on goal and she showed typical aplomb by rounding Marchitelli before slotting home.
 
Schelin then turned provider for the third, making a similar run to Sjogran for the first goal before teeing up Oqvist whose shot went in via a deflection off Francesca D'Adda.
 
Italy coach Antonio Cabrini responded by bringing on strike duo Patrizia Panico and Melania Gabbiadini and they brought fresh impetus to his side following the triple setback.
 
Suddenly Italy looked a rejuvenated side and it took a Sara Thunebro clearance off the line to preserve the three-goal lead following a goalmouth scramble.
 
Giulia Domenichetti, who had also come on as a substitute, twice flashed dangerous crosses across the face of goal but Italy's efforts did bring reward as Manieri played in a free kick from deep and Gabbiadini lost her marker before planting a downward header into the net.
 
Marie Hammarstrom did go close with a strike at the other end while there were no more scares for Sweden and both sides can now wait to discover their opponents in the quarter finals. 
 
Sweden: Kristin Hammarstrom, Jessica Samuelsson, Sara Thunebro (sub Olivia Schough 79mins), Caroline Seger (sub Lina Nilsson 64mins), Nilla Fischer, Charlotte Rohlin, Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Kosovare Asllani (sub Therese Sjogran 45mins), Josefine Oqvist, Marie Hammarstrom.

Italy: Chiara Marchitelli, Sara Gama, Francesca D'Adda, Raffaella Manieri, Martina Rosucci, Giorgia Motta, Sandy Iannella, Ilaria Mauro (sub Melania Gabbiadini 63mins), Paola Brumana (sub Patrizia Panico 63mins), Cristiana Girelli (sub Giulia Domenichetti 52mins), Alice Parisi.

 
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