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Aussie joy but Sweden must wait
 Women's Football News 17 Jun 2015
 
Australia 1 (De Vanna 5) Sweden 1 (Jakobsson 15)
Australia are through to the knockout phase and will play Brazil in the last sixteen after a closely fought match in Edmonton ended all square. 
 
The Matildas went into the game in the box seat in second place in the group and got off to a great start by taking the lead after five minutes. Laura Alleway pumped a long ball forward which caught the Swedish defence square and Lisa De Vanna sped through on goal before giving Hedvig Lindahl no chance with a confident finish.
 
Australia's good start had caught Sweden on the back foot but they settled down and got back on level terms with their first purposeful attack. Sofia Jakobsson took possession on the right, before cutting in on the edge of the area past a challenge from Steph Catley and planting a left foot shot which beat Lydia Williams at her near post.
 
Sweden suddenly sensed more goals and were a great threat at set pieces. Amanda Ilestedt headed inches wide from a corner and from another kick, the ball was cleared as far as the edge of the area where Caroline Seger's strike was turned over the bar by Williams.
 
The resulting corner was again half cleared by the Australian defence, as far as Jessica Samuelsson whose chip picked out Jakobsson in front of goal, but Williams again atoned for the goal with an excellent point blank save and the rebound from Lotta Schelin was blocked.
 
Sweden continued to have the better of the remainder of the half but without making another breakthrough and the scores were level at the interval.
 
Both sides had been open in their attacking play during the first half but after the break, the significance of the result began to kick in and the two teams became more nervous as the half wore on.
 
One good piece of play on the left saw Larissa Crummer trick her way past Elin Rubensson but her cross was held under pressure by Lindahl.
 
Sweden pushed players forward during the latter stages but could not make an impression against an inspired Australian defence in which Elise Kellond-Knight performed superbly.
 
Australia successfully closed the game out and their delight was there for all to see at the final whistle, while the Swedish players were left pondering what was to come over the next 24 hours, which will decide if they will take any further part in the competition. 
 
Australia: Lydia Williams, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Katrina Gorry (sub Tameka Butt 85mins), Laura Alleway, Elise Kellond-Knight, Samantha Kerr, Kyah Simon (sub Michelle Heyman 72mins), Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Lisa De Vanna (sub Larissa Crummer 63mins).

Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Elin Rubensson (sub Sara Thunebro 76mins), Jessica Samuelsson, Caroline Seger, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjogran, Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Lina Nilsson (sub Kosovare Asllani 74mins), Sofia Jakobsson, Amanda Ilestedt.

Player of the match: Elise Kellond-Knight.


 
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