Women. UEFA EURO 2022: Sweden advance to quarter-finals as group winners with convincing victory despite Netherlands beating Switzerland

Although Sweden started the day behind the Netherlands in the Group C standings, their spectacular 5-0 win – equaling their biggest ever win at the Women’s Euro – against Portugal at Leigh Sports Village put the team in first place.

While the Netherlands showed their dominating play at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane by beating Switzerland 4-1, Sweden were the group winners on goal difference.

This means the number of the world. 2 will play the Group D runners-up in the next stage, which will be one from Iceland, Belgium or Italy, while the defending champions the Netherlands will play France.

Kosovare Aslani, who played a key role in the victory with a goal and an assist, said her Swedish team is playing very confidently.

“I had fun today and I feel like the whole team enjoyed playing football. We feel great. We have a lot of respect for Portugal, they have developed a lot, but at the same time we just wanted to go all in and be as aggressive as possible in the last third.”

Three goals in the first half were the nail in the coffin for Portugal and really spurred the Swedes on.

Manchester City’s Philippa Angeldal took advantage of a poor corner kick from Portugal goalkeeper Patricia Morais to score midway through the first 45 minutes, then doubled the lead with a neat finish from a well-executed set-piece at half-time.

The Swedes celebrate with the fans the victory over the Portuguese.

But the score in the first half did not end there, as already in stoppage time Carole Costa shot from a corner head into his own goal.

Aslanani scored from the penalty spot, extending the lead to four before Stina Blackstenius finally scored her goal, as two goals had been ruled out earlier.

Angeldal scored three goals from set pieces. praised Organization of Sweden.

“We know we tend to be very good at set pieces so my role is to just play balls that go down, back then option 2 was an option we looked at a lot and today it finally came up. . “

At the same time, the Netherlands showed impressive results.

Despite the absence of star striker Vivianne Miedema due to Covid-19, the Netherlands looked dangerous in attack.

But when the first goal was scored, in fact, he hit the head of the Swiss. When Ana-Maria Tsrnogortsevich tried to knock out the Dutch corner, Ana-Maria Tsrnogortsevich could only head into her top corner.

Leichter celebrates with his teammates a goal scored by Switzerland.

Only four minutes later, Switzerland equalized thanks to a neat close-range finish by Geraldine Rueteler.

As time drew to a close and the cards might have drawn, Roma Leichter scored with a header to score her first international goal before substitute Victoria Pelova doubled the lead for the Netherlands.

Leichter still had time to win their second most of the game, fourth for the Netherlands, as the Swiss were tired and succumbed to the world No. 1. 4 when she knocked home from close range.

After that, the coach of the Netherlands national team Mark Parsons praised his team, anticipating the long-awaited quarter-final against France.

Fans from the Netherlands show their support on their way to the stage of the national team's game against Switzerland.
“What a wonderful evening for us!” Parsons said. “It was a very tough game, Switzerland was fighting for their lives, we were fighting for first place in the group.

“It makes the game fun and interesting, but we kept our cool. We saw some nervousness at 1-1 but the players who came out changed the game. They gave us a lot of quality and energy and that has happened in every game so far.” We are very happy with the one who starts and we are very happy with the one who finishes.

“We’re playing with a big opponent [France]and so do they. I don’t think they want to play with us. [The last time we met], the result was not what we wanted, but we said that the next time we played with them, we were sure that we would be better. We saw an opportunity.”