Our Swedish Blues next test comes today when they meet UEFA champions, the Netherlands, in the second World Cup semi-final in Lyon to determine who plays the USA in the final on Saturday.
Magdalena Eriksson has played in four out of five matches so far in this tournament, while her Chelsea team-mate, Jonna Andersson, has featured in one. Hedvig Lindahl, a former Blue, has played in every minute of the World Cup in between the sticks.
On Saturday they booked a place in this evening’s semi-final showdown by beating ranked no.2 in the world Germany 2-1 for the first time in 24 years.
However, not only have they secured a semi-final spot, they have also qualified for Tokyo 2020 along with tonight’s opposition and England, who make up the three European teams.
‘It’s amazing to be in a semi-final and also the Olympics next year and finally to beat Germany it’s amazing, this squad is fantastic,’ Andersson told the official Chelsea website.
For the nation of Sweden, a semi-final of this major tournament is familiar territory having reached this point for the fourth time out of the eight editions. However, as the Chelsea defenders are World Cup debutants, this is their first ever semi-final. Although Andersson has not played as many minutes as she would have ideally liked thus far, she is humbled by the experience.
‘It’s fantastic to be here around the squad, around the World Cup overall. I’m so happy to be here with these players, and we have now shown everyone that we can beat top teams, so I’m looking forward to the semi-final.’
Sweden have the better head-to-head record against their opposition, with 10 victories to six and five draws from 21 previous meetings. But the teams' most recent showdown came in the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 2017, which the Netherlands won 2-0.
The game takes place at Stade de Lyon, and the game kicks off 8pm UK time – coverage will be shown on the BBC.