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Australia dominated the first half from start to finish. They took the lead after only eight seconds, only for it to be cancelled out shortly after. From then on it was complete control and they scored another four before half time to make it 5-1.
The second half was no different and the Aussies continued to dominate, scoring a further four goals but with two Swedish strikes in between.
Straight from the kick off Australia took the lead. Jasmin Kent rolled the ball to Rhianna Pollicina who fired a shot towards goal and it flew passed Isabella Gustavsson to open the scoring after only eight seconds.
Australia were on the front foot once again and almost doubled their lead twenty seconds later. Pollicina won the ball back from the Swedish kick off, drove forward and poked the ball towards goal but Gustavsson tipped the ball wide with her fingertips to prevent a quickfire double for the Aussies.
The game was just under five minutes only when Sweden equalised. A long ball from Gustavsson found Ida Hedstad unmarked with her back to goal. She awaited support, and it arrived in the form of captain Nazanin Vaseghpanah. Hedstad layed the ball off for Vaseghpanah, she swept the ball left of Aussie skipper Jasmin Kent and chipped the ball delightfully over Melissa Khoury. A wonderfully taken goal.
Australia took the lead again shortly after thanks to a superbly worked team goal. Chelsie Winchcombe lofted the ball through to Jessica Lindquist who had found some space on the left. Her first time through ball perfectly found Shannon Day unmarked only five yards from goal and she stabbed the ball through Gustavsson’s legs into the net.
The chances dried up for both sides until five minutes of the first half remaining when Australia extended their advantage. Lori Depczynski drove down the right-hand side, Chelsie Winchcombe was busting a gut to get in support. The Swedish defence were caught on their heels when Depczynski found Winchcombe in the box and all she had to do was roll the ball into the empty net. The large Australian support were sent into raptures.
It was goals galore for Australia when Shannon Day scored number four for Australia. Sophie Jones powered her way through the middle, squared the ball to Day and she struck the ball across Gustavsson into the far corner.
The Aussies were not finished scoring in this first half as Sophie Jones added the fifth! Wonderful trickery from Day evaded the Swedish defenders, the ball fell to Jones and she put her foot through the ball and it nestled sweetly in the bottom corner.
Half Time: Sweden 1-5 Australia
Sweden got themselves a goal six minutes into the second half. Vaseghpanah burst though the middle towards goal, one on one with Khoury. The goalkeeper committed herself, Vaseghpanah sold her with a dummy, rolled her foot over the ball and slotted the ball into the net. Was the comeback on?
Australia certainly didn’t feel that way as they scored again. Pollicina won the ball back from Elin Skold, chipped the ball through to Shannon Day, and yet again the Swedish marking was non-existent. Day took her time then on the half volley fired her shot into the far corner, leaving Gustavsson with no chance.
Australia really were showing their class, and added their seventh goal through Andrea Preiato. Jasmin Kent held the ball up terrifically in the corner, before surprising everybody by slipping the ball through the legs of the defender and into the feet of Preiato. Sweden were using their ‘outfield goalkeeper’, leaving the net unguarded for Preiato to knock the ball in.
The eighth goal for the Aussies really did show the determination of captain Jasmin Kent. She battled to retain possession on the edge of the box with two Sweden defenders for company. She was out muscled, then fouled, but the Referee played a great advantage to allow her to continue and with the sole of her foot she stabbed the ball towards goal and it rolled into the empty net.
Sweden grabbed themselves a consolation goal with less than a minute remaining. Vaseghpanah found Alfredsson on the right who toe-poked the ball goalward past Hargreaves.
The scoring wasn’t finished their though, Aussie goalkeeper Britt Hargreaves got herself on the scoresheet with seconds remaining when she launched the ball from her own box all the way into the unguarded Sweden goal.
Australia’s performance was complete and utter domination from first whistle to last. Sweden were no match for them, and will drop into the 3rd place play off whilst the Aussies progress to the final.
Full Time: Sweden 3-9 Australia
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 - She scored two of her side's three goals and when Sweden were in possession she dictated the play.
Australia: 1- Britt Hargreaves (GK), 2- Lindsey Jobling, 3- Lori Depczynski, 4- Jasmin Kent (Captain), 5- Chelsie Winchcombe, 6- Sophie Jones, 7- Shannon Day, 8- Andrea Preiato, 9- Caitlin Jarvie, 10- Rhianna Pollicina, 11- Melissa Khoury (GK), 16- Jessica Lindquist
MVP: Shannon Day - She scored two goals for her side and created problems for Sweden all game. A terrific performance