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Swedes stroll into last four
 Women's Football News 21 Jul 2013
 
Sweden 4 (M.Hammarstrom 3, Oqvist 14, Schelin 19,59) Iceland 0
Sweden cruised into the semi finals after three goals inside the opening twenty minutes saw them brush aside the challenge of Iceland. 
 
The host nation went into the game as heavy favourites and any hopes harboured by Iceland of keeping things tight were blown away with just three minutes on the clock. Marie Hammarstrom picked the ball up and ran at an Icelandic defence which backed off and allowed her to take a shot from 20 yards, Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.
 
Sweden continued to move the ball around quickly and it was no surprise when the second goal came along. This time Lotta Schelin threaded a through ball into the path of Josefine Oqvist who poked her shot goalwards past the oncoming Gunnarsdottir, Hallbera Gisladottir tried to prevent the ball from going in but made a mess of things and Sweden were two ahead.
 
The Swedes were threatening to run riot at this stage and they increased their lead five minutes later. Kosovare Asllani got past Fanndis Fridriksdottir and crossed to the near post where Schelin evaded two defenders to sweep the ball past Gunnarsdottir.
 
With captain Caroline Seger totally dominating matters in midfield, Sweden dropped the early pace but still remained in control. Oqvist and Sofia Jakobsson were rampant down the two flanks and only last ditch defending and good handling by Gunnarsdottir prevented them from going further behind.
 
Any lingering hopes of an Iceland fightback were firmly extinguished just before the hour mark as the same two players combined once again. Asllani slid a delightful pass into the path of Schelin who stroked in her fifth goal of the tournament and her country's fourth on the day.
 
Sweden took the chance to take off and rest key players, including Schelin, as they closed the game out for an easy victory and can look forward to the semi finals. Iceland meanwhile can reflect on their best ever performance in a tournament but found a rampant Sweden side to be a step too far. 
 
Sweden: Kirstin Hammarstrom, Jessica Samuelsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Sara Thunebro, Josefine Oqvist (sub Antonia Goransson 45mins), Lotta Schelin (sub Emmelie Konradsson 67mins), Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Marie Hammarstrom (sub Lisa Dahlkvist 53mins).

Iceland: Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir, Sif Atladottir, Olina Vidarsdottir, Fanndis Fridriksdottir (sub Harpa Thorsteinsdottir 65mins), Hallbera Gisladottir, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir, Katrin Jonsdottir (sub Glodis Viggosdottir 81mins), Margret Lara Vidarsdottir (sub Elin Jensen 79mins), Dora Maria Larusdottir, Rakla Honnudottir.


 
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