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Germany brush Sweden aside
 Women's Football News 21 Jun 2015
 
Germany 4 (Mittag 24, Sasic pen 36,78, Marozsan 88) Sweden 1 (Sembrant 82)
Germany powered into the last eight as they flexed their muscles with a commanding victory over Sweden in Ottawa. 
 
Silvia Neid's side face a potentially very tough run if they are to reach the Final once again but passed the first test with flying colours by scoring twice in each half to end a disappointing campaign for Sweden.
 
Germany were quick out of the blocks and only some poor finishing prevented from opening the scoring early on. It wasn't until the 24th minute that the deadlock was broken, a loose pass being intercepted by Anja Mittag who exchanged passes with Celia Sasic before drilling a low shot from the edge of the area past the dive of Hedvig Lindahl and in off the post.
 
The Germans were dealt a blow when Saskia Bartusiak was ruled out of the quarter finals due to a second booking but found themselves two ahead before half time. Although there appeared to be minimal contact when Mittag tumbled in the area from a challenge by Amanda Ilestedt, a penalty was awarded and Sasic stepped up to send Lindahl the wrong way from the spot.
 
Sofia Jakobsson sent a header over the bar at the other end but this proved to be a rare opportunity for Sweden and the pattern of the game continued after the break with Germany dominating matters.
 
Sweden had an escape when Simone Laudehr whipped a dangerous ball into the area which just evaded Sasic under pressure from Lindahl, Alexandra Popp sending it back, agonisingly across the face of an open goal from an acute angle but no team mate was on hand to turn the ball over the line.
 
The third goal eventually came with twelve minutes remaining, the excellent Laudehr receiving the ball in the area and cutting inside her marker and although her deflected shot came back off the post, Sasic was on hand to nod the rebound into the empty net.
 
Sweden gave themselves some hope when Linda Sembrant met a Therese Sjogran free kick with a powerful header which gave Nadine Angerer no chance, then a minute later they could have had a second when a long ball released Jakobsson clean through on goal but the striker was denied as Angerer came off her line to make a point blank save.
 
The game was put beyond doubt two minutes from time. Sweden were caught napping from Lena Goessling's corner which was played low to Dzsenifer Marozsan whose shot looped over Lindahl and in for the fourth goal. 
 
Germany: Nadine Angerer, Leonie Maier, Tabea Kemme (sub Jennifer Cramer 77mins), Lena Goessling, Annike Krahn, Saskia Bartusiak, Simone Laudehr, Melanie Leupolz (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 45mins), Celia Sasic, Alexandra Popp (sub Lena Lotzen 89 mins), Anja Mittag.

Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Elin Rubensson (sub Kosovare Asllani 67mins), Jessica Samuelsson (sub Lina Nilsson 45mins), Emma Berglund (sub Jenny Hjohlman 80mins), Nilla Fischer, Caroline Seger, Therese Sjogran, Lotta Schelin, Linda Sembrant, Sofia Jakobsson, Amanda Ilestedt.

Player of the match: Anja Mittag.


 
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