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The final match of the group stages was France up against Sweden, with both sides requiring something from the match to progress to the semi-finals. Sweden only needed a point, but France needed the victory.
The tempo of the game was tremendously quick right from the off, but despite one or two chances, neither team threatened much in terms of scoring.
France came closest to opening the scoring with five minutes played. Maude Perchey played in Margot Robinne on the left. She danced past Daniella Chamoun and stabbed the ball between Isabella Gustavsson’s legs and the ball rolled agnoisingly along the line and was subsequently cleared by Elin Skold.
Sweden responded to early French pressure by launching their own flurry of attacks. Pernilla Jansson played in Susan Kiryo and her venomous strike was well saved by French keeper Gaelle Bisson and out for a corner. The corner was taken by Swedish captain Nazanin Vaseghpanah but Mylene Deschamps cleared the danger well.
Sweden then came even closer to breaking the deadlock through what would have been a very fortunate goal. Ida Hedstad took the ball down cleverly from a Gustavsson throw, turned, fed the ball to Jansson, who fired the ball towards goal. Bisson blocked the shot, but the ball rebounded off Robinne and rolled inches wide of the goal. Relief for France, agony for Sweden.
The first half was glittered with moments of ‘Futsal magic’ but clear cut chances were at a premium. The half drew to a close a stalemate.
Half Time: France 0-0 Sweden
The second half began and the post was to the rescue for France. Jansson found herself baring down on goal, with only Bisson to beat. The swede rolled the ball past the outstretched hand of the French keeper, but the ball hit the inside of the post. The move was not finished though, Hedstad was following up, but Gosseye threw herself in front of the ball to block it on the line and then eventually managed to clear the ball to safety.
The French goal was leading a very charmed life! Sweden came unbelievably close to eventually breaking the deadlock. Danielle Chamoun fed the ball to Nazanin Vaseghpanah, and she was inches away from finding Susan Kiyro at the back post but Bisson managed to get her toe on the ball and grab it at the second attempt.
From that, Bisson launched the ball forward to the unmarked Robinne, one on one with Gustavsson, she took one touch then stabbed the ball through the legs of the goalkeeper to give France the lead. The release of emotion was clear to see on the face of the French player in her celebration.
No more than two minutes later the scores were level. Chamoun was played in by Vaseghpanah and fired the ball powerfully into the back of the net from just inside the box, leaving Bisson with no chance.
With less than a minute to go, Sweden got themselves in front. France were pressing and pressing for the winner as they had to win to go through to the semi-final. They had pushed everybody forward when Chamoun won the ball back for Sweden. She drove forward, squared the ball to Vaseghpanah who was unmarked and she fired the ball home from only a few yards out, to ensure Sweden booked their place in the semi-finals.
With seconds to go, Daniella Chamoun and Fanny Gosseye were both shown red cards by the referee for a clash between the pair. It proved to be the last action of a pulsating game, with Sweden progressing and France missing out in what can only be described as the 'group of death'.
Full Time: France 1-2 Sweden
France: 3- Fanny Gosseye, 6- Maude Perchey, 7- Marine Magnier, 8- Margot Robinne, 9- Marie Desplanques, 10- Mylene Deschamps, 14- Sylia Koui, 16- Gaelle Bisson, 17- Arnelia Koutoupot
MVP: Margot Robinne - She scored her teams' goal and was an impact going forward and defending.
Sweden: 1- Isabella Gustavsson, 5- Elin Skold, 6- Sandra De Brun Kenk, 7- Pernilla Jansson, 8- Sibel Izguden, 9- Ida Hedstad, 10- Nazanin Vaseghpanah, 11- Susan Kiryo, 12- Daniella Chamoun, 13- Diala Elia, 18- Jama Jammeh
MVP: Nazanin Vaseghpanah - Throughout the game she was influential and ultimately scored the goal that sealed the win.