(CNN)Sweden hadn’t beaten Germany in girls’ soccer at a first tournament because of 1991. The last time a team lost a World Cup quarterfinal after scoring first came in 1999.
But the one’s streaks came to an end Saturday as Sweden disappointed the second one-ranked group within the international 2-1 in Rennes, France, to installation a Women’s World Cup semifinal towards the short-enhancing Dutch.
Goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius gave the Swedes — downed by way of Germany inside the 2016 Olympic final in Rio — victory inside the night kickoff after Lina Magull’s fantastic opener.
“We checked out Germany and knew there could be an extra chunk space in the back of their lower back line to exploit with Blackstenius and Jakobsson,” Sweden boss Peter Gerhardsson was quoted as saying through FIFA. “Today it worked well, sprinting beyond the shielding line. We knew we needed to threaten them behind their lower back line.”
The Netherlands earlier beat Italy 2-0 in the afternoon warmness in Valenciennes to attain a first ever semifinal at the tournament.
They, in conjunction with GB and Sweden, earned spots at subsequent year’s Olympics in Tokyo. The top 3 European international locations at the World Cup locked up berths, with England’s performance putting GB through.
Germany, in the meantime, neglected out.
“I don’t even suppose that Sweden performed that nicely nowadays,” German captain Alexandra Popp turned into quoted as pronouncing with the aid of FIFA. “We should have carried out extra. We misplaced balls too without difficulty and had been trying to play the long ball too regularly. We lacked that final, killer bypass in front of goal.”
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It turned into an acquainted name, Vivianne Miedema, who scored the winner for the Oranje within the 70th minute courtesy of a glancing header earlier than another header from Stefanie van der Gragt 10 minutes later placed the sport away.
Germany hadn’t even conceded a purpose in France previous to Saturday, so when Magull netted within the sixteenth minute on a scissor-kick volley, it felt like the floodgates could open.
Sweden at the counter
A single ball over the top often unlocked the German defense, with the ever-threatening Jakobsson denied via Almuth Schult before the ahead made no mistake within the 22nd minute.
For all of Germany’s ownership, ninth-ranked Sweden persisted to reason havoc. Schult had to push some other shot over the bar, and a scramble in the field almost placed Sweden in advance.
But Sweden did move in advance for desirable in the forty-eighth minute as Blackstenius, who ended her scoring drought in opposition to Canada inside the last 16, scored on a rebound following Schult’s first-class store. Germany desired a foul inside the buildup however it wasn’t given.
Jakobsson had three higher chances but became either stopped with the aid of Schult or shot wide.
Sweden at the end needed to cling on, with an offside ruling that went to VAR negating a probable penalty while keeper Hedvig Lindahl clattered into Popp. VAR subsequently took a backseat in the quarterfinals following taking a middle level at the organization level.