Women's World Cup: Sweden defeats Canada - quarter-final against Germany
Sweden are 1-0 (0-0) against Canada in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in France. Stina Blackstenius scored the winning goal in a low-scoring round of sixteen with the Swedes' first big chance (55th minute). Canada had a chance to equalize, but Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl parried Janine Beckie's penalty (69.). So Sweden meets in the quarterfinals on Sunday evening on the German national team (18.30 clock, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE). The DFB team had won their first knockout round 3-0 (2-0) against Nigeria.
The game started cautiously, with few offensive actions. It took until the 18th minute until Sofia Jakobsson fired the first shot of the match. The attempt from the distance landed however far beside the Canadian goal. The quick attack signaled for the first time, what Sweden was out: Canada leave the possession of the ball and lurk even on counterattack.
But the midfield rows of both teams allowed little attacks. Sweden had three shots at the break and Canada did not have one. The first chance of the North Americans was until the second half in the coming: captain Christine Sinclair shot a free kick just past the Swedish goal (53).
Shortly afterwards, however, it was time: After an outstanding pass by Kosovare Asllani in a counterattack Blackstenius appeared before goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé and pushed to 1-0 (55).
Shortly thereafter, Canada had a great chance to equalize as referee Kate Jacewicz decided on a penalty from a handball by Asllani using the video footage. Desiree Scott had shot her opponent. Janine Beckie shot the penalty into the left corner, but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl parried with a strong dive (69.). On the other hand, Jacewicz Sweden denied a possible penalty because Blackstenius had previously been offside.
Thus it comes in the quarter-final on Sunday evening to the game Germany against Sweden. The pairing has been at World Championships already four times, twice won Germany. Most recently, the DFB-Elf won the round of 16 in the round of 16 against the Swedes (4: 1), 2003 Germany had become world champion by a victory against Sweden (2: 1 n.V.).
Sweden - Canada 1: 0 (0: 0)
1: 0 Blacksteins (55th)
Sweden: Lindahl - Glas, Fischer, Sembrant, Ericsson - Rubensson (79th Björn), Asllani, Seger - Jakobssen, Blackstenius (90th Anvegard), Rolfö (89th Hurtig)
Canada: Labbé - Lawrence, Buchanan, Zadorsky, Chapman (84th Riviere) - Prince (64th Leon), Scott, Schmidt, Beckie (84th Quinn) - Fleming, Sinclair
Yellow cards: Rolfö, Asllani / Buchanan
Referee: Jacewicz (Australia)
Note: The original report stated that Germany had won all four World Cup matches against Sweden. Both teams have won but two games each. We have corrected the position.