Chelsea‘s Swedes Magdalena Eriksson and Jonna Andersson, plus Hedvig Lindahl, who departed recently, take on Germany later today for a spot in the semi-final of the Women’s World Cup.
Sweden came second in Group F behind holders the USA after they won two and lost one of their three games. Sweden’s first match was against Chile and they left it late to win 2-0, beating Thailand 5-1 before being defeated 2-0 by the USA.
In the last 16 they met Canada and after a closely-fought match, Sweden sealed a 1-0 victory thanks to Linkoping’s Kosovare Asllani scoring early on in the second half, and Lindahl’s superb penalty save.
Their next test is against the no.2 in the world Germany at Rennes’ Roazhon Park, which kicks off at 5.30pm UK time.
The sides have locked horns at the World Cup four times previously and have two wins apiece. However, it has been 24 years since Sweden have experienced a win against Germany, and that was in the 1995 World Cup group stages when they won 3-2.
Sweden have high hopes of ending the trend, but it will be hard as the Germans are yet to concede a goal, let alone lose a match so far in this 2019 edition.
‘We can’t let it become a ghost,’ defender Magdalena Eriksson told FIFA.com. ‘Instead we should see it as an extra motivation.’
The match will be shown in the UK on BBC1 and the BBC iPlayer. Kick-off is 5.30pm UK time.