A brace from Manchester City’s Filippa Angeldahl helped Sweden progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a 5-0 thrashing against Portugal in their last Group C match.
Victory at Leigh Sports Village, coupled with the Netherlands beating Switzerland by just a three-goal margin, means the world’s No.2 side have avoided France in the last eight stages.
An own goal from Carole Costa, a penalty from Kosovare Asllani and a late stunner from Stina Blackstenius saw Sweden win in style to top their group, but they have to wait until Monday night to find out their knockout opponent with Iceland , Belgium and Italy still able to qualify from Group D.
The big news ahead of kick-off was the end of 230-cap veteran Caroline Seger’s streak of 17 consecutive starts for Sweden at the European Championships due to a heel problem.
Portugal also made changes and boss Francisco Neto recalled experienced keeper Patricia Morais, who was immediately in action with a fine save to prevent Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.
On the other side, Costa could have given Portugal the lead when she got to the end of Andreia Norton’s corner, but her half-volley went through the net.
That failed to dampen the spirit of the large Swedish contingent in Leigh, who were already bouncing back and had a goal to celebrate minutes later.
The stalemate was broken in the 21st minute when Jonna Andersson’s corner was left untreated by Morais, her weak punch allowing Angeldahl to drive home from close range.
An upset win for Portugal, who only received a late call-up to this tournament due to Russia’s ban, would have sent them to a first quarter-final but they were dealt another knock before mid -time when Catarina Amado had to leave. the ground on a stretcher.
Rytting Kaneryd was booked for his tackle on top of the foot from Amado before Sweden were denied a second goal by the offside flag after Blackstenius finished well after Asllani’s exceptional shot.
Peter Gerhardsson’s side were able to breathe a sigh of relief minutes later, courtesy of another set piece.
Asllani fired a free-kick close to the boundary line and cut for Angeldahl, who produced a wonderful curled finish in the corner of the net.
With seven minutes added due to Amado’s injury, Sweden were in the game and inflicted even more pain on Portugal before the half-time whistle.
Andersson’s corner went to the near post this time and Costa, under pressure from Amanda Ilestedt, could only get past her own keeper.
Diana Silva gave Sweden another helping hand shortly after the break when she netted a cross which allowed Asllani to score from the spot and the Real Madrid striker hit his penalty in a cool way to carry the score at 4-0.
VAR again denied Arsenal’s Blackstenius a goal on the hour mark when his misplaced header, which had crossed the line, was ruled out due to his offside position.
Blackstenius would have the last laugh and in doing so would issue a warning to other suitors, when she took off at Euro 2022 in stoppage time with a superb strike from outside the box into the top corner.
It gave Sweden a landslide victory that saw them top Group C after defending champions Netherlands could only beat Switzerland by a score of 4-1.
Sweden will return to Leigh Sports Village to face Iceland, Belgium or Italy in the third quarter-final on Friday.
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Euro 2022: knockouts…
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England v Spain – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany v Austria – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Sweden vs Second Group D – Kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-final 4: France vs Netherlands – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-final 1: Quarter-final winners 1 vs Quarter-final winners 3 – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Quarter-Final Winners 2 vs Quarter-Final Winners 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners semi-final 1 vs Winners semi-final 2 – kick-off 5pm, Wembley