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Sweden v Portugal Live Commentary, 7/17/22

5 - 0
F. Angeldahl (21)
F. Angeldahl (45)
Carole Costa (45+7 og)
K. Asllani (54 pen)
S. Blackstenius (90+1)
Leigh Sports Village Stadium


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A late surge of three goals, including two in injury time, saw the Netherlands dispatch Switzerland 4-1 to finish level on points with Sweden. However, this resounding 5-0 victory means that Sweden's superior goal difference of +6 means they finish atop the group with seven points, and will play the runner-up of Group D in their quarter-final. There'll be no Portugal in the last eight, who despite two comebacks in their first two games, finish bottom of Group C with one solitary point and a goal difference of minus six.
She almost went without one, but Stina Blackstenius' performance deserved the late goal she eventually rifled into the net. She finished the match with three on-target shots from four attempts, as well as winning all three of her duels in the air. Three of her five dribbles were successful, and she had five touches in the box, although the three offside decisions that went against her denied her a hat-trick.
A resounding victory for Sweden, who cruise into the quarter-finals with a five-star performance. Any chance of a third Portugal comeback in three successive games was soon quashed by Asllani's expertly dispatched penalty, and although the goals didn't flow for much of the half, the Swedes remained firmly on top, and capped off the game with a thumping finish from the twice-denied Blackstenius. A dismal way for Portugal to go out, who were simply chasing shadows all game long, but the match belonged to the girls in yellow and blue.
90' + 3' There looks to be nothing given by the referee, who halts play for Encarnacao to receive treatment, but as soon as she's well enough to resume play, Sweden take the drop ball!
90' + 2' It could be a penalty! Portugal race straight up the other end, and Encarnacao gets goal-side of Sembrant, races into the box, and is hauled to the floor by the Sweden defender!
O. Schough
90' + 1' That was some ball from Schough, who picked out Blackstenius through a crowd of both yellow and white shirts. Not to be denied a goal, Blackstenius did the rest.
S. Blackstenius
90' + 1' GOOOAAALLLL!!! And there's number five!!! Blackstenius finally has her elusive goal, as she takes Schough's throughball in space, cuts inside, and fires an unstoppable shot into the top corner!! It's the least she deserves after already being denied twice, and it's the polish on what's been a dominant performance from Sweden, who now lead 5-0.
90' + 1' We're into four added minutes of injury time to close out this game.
90' Portugal take a rare corner and it's swung into the box. It's only half-cleared by the Swedes, although they repel the second wave of Portugal's attack and Andersson comes away with the ball.
88' Jessica Silva overstretches to keep a loose ball in play and lands awkwardly, and she's soon receiving treatment too, although Hurtig is back on the field of play.
86' Hurtig is injured following a collision in mid-air, and comes off for further treatment as play continues.
Telma Encarnação
Andreia Norton
85' Norton has arguably been Portugal's best in a very difficult game, and she comes off now for Telma Encarnacao.
Sílvia Rebelo
Carole Costa
85' Costa is the next Portuguese player withdrawn, and Silvia Rebelo comes on for her in defence.
84' WIDE!!! A long ball forward is met by Blackstenius, who cuts the ball back for the arriving Hurtig. She beats the defence, but, one-on-one with Morais, blasts her shot high and wide from just yards out!
Ana Borges
Yellow Card
83' Hurtig looks to advance down the left, taking on three defenders with Blackstenius in support. Borges catches her as she releases the ball, and play is pulled back for the free-kick, with the Portugal defender shown a yellow card.
81' Pinto latches onto a throw-in and attempts an audacious half-volley from the edge of the box, but skews it off-target and the ball goes behind.
80' It's currently 1-1 between Switzerland and the Netherlands in the Group C match concurrent to this one, meaning as things stand, Sweden will finish as group winners!
E. Rubensson
N. Björn
78' Bjorn comes off having picked up a knock, and she's replaced for Sweden by Elin Rubensson.
76' WIDE!!! Pinto's cross from the right is brought down by Norton, who skilfully beats her marker before unleashing a low shot, that screams across the face of goal and goes just wide!
76' Good transition play from Portugal sees Jessica Silva put Diana Silva into space, but her cut-back into the box finds only yellow shirts, and Lindahl comes up with possession.
74' Good link-up play down the left from hurting gives Andersson space to cross, and despite Morais' best efforts, she can't prevent the conceding of Sweden's seventh corner.
72' As well as her goal from the spot, Asllani has once again run the show for Sweden. With an xG of 1.11, she's had three shots, 11 touches in the box, and has passed 17 times in the final third, creating four chances including an assist. She's also won 10 of her 14 duels, completing four of four dribbles, and won possession nine times so far, five of which came in Portugal's defensive area.
H. Bennison
F. Angeldahl
70' Two-goal her Angeldal also comes off to rapturous applause, and is replaced by Hanna Bennison, who of course scored the winner last time out against the Swiss.
L. Hurtig
F. Rolfö
70' Rolfo's had a much quieter game than her performance against Switzerland, and comes off now for Lina Hurtig, who also started that previous match.
69' WIDE!!! Norton picks out Jessica Silva in space, and she looks to shoot from the edge of the box. She's got plenty of time, but can't curl her left-footed shot inside the far post and it goes behind!
69' Sweden break and Asllani pic ks out Blackstenius on the run. She looks to have beaten Gomes, but the Portugal centre-back does just enough, forcing a heavy touch from the striker, and Morais dives on the loose ball.
67' SAVED!!! Jessica Silva spreads it wide to Marchao, who crosses to the front post. Diana Silva meets it with a glancing header, but her nick on the ball isn't enough to force Lindahl into an uncomfortable save.
65' Sweden had six shots on target in their 2-1 win over Switzerland, their most in a UEFA Women’s Euros match since 2013 against Iceland (also six). Four came from Blackstenius – who failed to score with every attempt – while they scored their other two from Rolfo and Hanna Bennison. Blackstenius is still yet to score in the tournament, despite being on-target with plenty of shots!
63' NO GOAL!!! Sweden's fifth is chalked off by the referee after a lengthy goal check finds Ilestedt, who got the crucial header to be a fraction offside, and so Blackstenius is denied once again by the flag, albeit a virtual one!
61' BALL IN THE NET!!! That looks to be number five!!! Asllani's deep free-kick is headed across goal by Ilestadt, and Blackstenius follows up by heading skyward, and the ball loops into the air before falling onto the post and crossing the line! There'll be a check though, as Bjorn and Ilestedt both look to be beyond the last defender.
59' BLOCKED!!! More silky play from Sweden sees Blackstenius find Rolfo on the edge of the box, but her curling attempt is blocked by the head of Borges before it can find the top corner!
59' Schough whips a cross in from the right, and it lands on the head of Rolfo, but she can only direct her header wide of the post.
58' SAVED!!! Sweden race forward as Rolfo tees up Blackstenius to shoot. She does so, and her low effort is parried by the legs of Morais before Costa clears for Portugal!
Fátima Pinto
Dolores Silva
57' Portugal captain Dolores Silva also comes off, replaced in midfield by Fatima Pinto.
Andreia Faria
Kika Nazareth
57' Nazareth has been feed off scraps up front for Portugal, and comes off now for Andreia Faria.
56' Blackstenius fires a low cross to the feet of Asllani, but she can't control the ball in time and it rolls to Morais.
L. Sembrant
M. Eriksson
55' The booked Eriksson is also withdrawn, with Linda Sembrant taking her place in defence.
O. Schough
J. Rytting Kaneryd
55' Following that game-sealing fourth goal, Sweden ring the changes, with Rytting Kaneryd coming off for Olivia Schough.
K. Asllani
Penalty Goal
54' GOOOOAAALLL!!!! It is four, as Asllani steps up as coolly as you like, sliding the ball low, right into the corner and evading the dive of Morais! It was a great effort by Morais to save it, but it's a perfectly-placed spot kick that puts Sweden 4-0 up, and cruising to victory in Wigan.
52' PENALTY!!!! It goes from bad to worse for Portugal as a cross is deflected towards Gomes. She looks to have dealt with it, but the referee penalises her for handball and points to the spot! It could soon be four for Sweden, which will surely be to much for even Portugal to mount a comeback from.
51' The corner lands right on the head of Ilestedt, who can't direct her effort on target as it clears the crossbar.
50' WHAT A SAVE!!! Andersson's piercing throughball finds Blackstenius on the run, who shakes off Gomes and is one-on-one with Morais. She shoots to the far corner, but the Portugal keeper stands tall and deflects the effort around the post with the outside of her knee!
48' Asllani picks out Rytting Kaneryd as Sweden flood forward, and she squares for Blackstenius, but Gomes gets a vital touch and wins the ball before the striker can latch onto it.
47' Jessica Silva evades Bjron and crosses into the area. It's headed away by Ilestedt, and Norton looks to shoot from the edge of the box but can't sort her feet out and Sweden clear.
46' We're back underway for the second half, as Portugal resume the game.
The sides are back out onto the pitch, and can Portugal mount one last heroic comeback in this second half?
Angeldal's two goals have come from just two total shots, and her only entries into the final third. The midfielder has also been crucial in transition for Sweden, making two tackles and winning two of her three duels, as her side continue to dominate the middle third of the field.
The first half ends, with Sweden firmly in control of this game. It looked to be fairly even early on, but once Angeldal broke the deadlock from Sweden's first corner, they haven't looked back. A second for Angeldal, and an own-goal right on half-time, all from set-piece situations, gives Sweden a comfortable 3-0 lead, which given the way the Blagult are playing, looks very unlikely for Portugal to recover from.
Carole Costa
Own Goal
45' + 7' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! There's the third!!! Andersson's corner is swung right into the goalmouth, and Ilestadt gets to it ahead of Costa. It hits Costa and beats Morais, finding the bottom corner for 3-0!
45' + 6' SAVED!!! Bjorn looks for Rytting Kaneryd with an optimistic ball, but it deflects off Borges straight into her path. She does get a shot away under pressure, but Morais is out of her goal to parry it behind!
45' + 5' A wide ball to Blackstenius sees her cut inside and beat Marchao, but she goes for glory and curls her shot well wide of Morais' goal.
45' + 4' OVER!!! What a miss!!! Andersson's cross is headed away to an unmarked Asllani, who can only send her dipping half-volley over the bar!
45' + 3' WIDE!!! After picking the ball up on the turn from a throw, Norton tries her luck from 30 yards, firing a decent effort towards goal which sways away from the target!
45' + 1' We're into a lengthy seven minutes of injury time following several injury delays, most notably of course the challenge which saw Amado stretchered off.
K. Asllani
45' The awareness of Asllani to perfectly pick out the run of Angeldal there was testament to the role she plays in this Sweden side. She really is crucial to this yellow and blue machine, and is showing just how much that's the case in this game.
F. Angeldahl
45' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! It's a second for Angeldal!!! Asllani rolls the free-kick back to the edge of the box, where the midfielder arrives to thump a beauty of a shot into the bottom corner! A well-worked goal indeed, and one that puts the Swedes 2-0 up with half-time approaching.
44' Asllani looks to skilfully beat Jessica Silva, but the Portugal winger's having none of it and hauls her down on the right-hand byline. Sweden will take a free-kick in a dangerous position as half-time looms.
43' BALL IN THE NET!!! What a goal this would've been! Asllani's delightful back-heel puts Blackstenius through on goal, and she finishes superbly with a curling effort into the corner! The flag's up though, rightly, and Blackstenius is denied her side's second goal!
41' Sweden counter and win a corner, which is again dealt with unconvincingly by Portugal. Norton's touch goes backwards, and Borges has to slide in to hook the ball away from the danger area.
40' Portugal come forward again as the ball is spread wide to Jessica Silva. She crosses for Diana Silva, who hits an acrobatic volley towards goal, but it's a weak one that Lindahl can easily hold.
39' Diana Silva gets around the outside of Andersson down the right, and looks to cross into the box, but it's cut out by Ilestedt, who clears for Sweden.
37' CHANCE!!! Rytting Kaneryd does superbly down the right, beating both Marchao and Gomes as she surges into the box. She looks to shoot on her left foot, but goes down under pressure from Costa, and Morais smothers possession with the referee unmoved!
35' Sweden deal with the free-kick easily, and race forward on the counter. Blackstenius plays a clever one-two with Asllani, but the return ball to her is cut out and cleared by Costa.
Joana Marchão
Catarina Amado
35' Amado is sadly stretchered off, and Joana Marchao is on in her place.
34' Portugal have both scored twice and conceded twice in their two group stage matches at the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euros. The only nation to do this in all three group stages games were England in 2009.
32' Amado is still down following that foul, and it's looking increasingly likely the Portuguese right-back may need to be replaced.
J. Rytting Kaneryd
Yellow Card
30' Portugal counter from the Sweden corner as Amado surges down the right, but she's caught very late by Rytting Kaneryd, resulting in a yellow card for the Sweden winger.
29' A great flick from Rytting Kaneryd gives Angeldal space to cross, but her ball into the box is put behind by Gomes for another Sweden corner.
27' Borges slides in rashly on Rytting Kaneryd, catching her late and conceding a free-kick in a good crossing position for Sweden.
25' Portugal are yet to keep a clean sheet at the UEFA Women’s Euros, in what is now six matches, conceding 10 goals in total. Only Russia, with 15, have played more matches at the finals without keeping a clean sheet than the Portuguese.
23' Back come Sweden as Glas crosses for Asllani in the box. It's cleared away by Portugal, but Dolores Silva is caught and goes down injured.
F. Angeldahl
21' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! There it is!!! Sweden break the deadlock following their first corner, which a trapped Morais can only push towards the centre of the box. Angeldal's unmarked on the penalty spot, and slides the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net! 1-0 to Sweden, and can they add another in quick succession?
21' BLOCKED!!! Asllani escapes her marker and cuts the ball back into the box. It's deflected away to Bjorn, whose first-time shot is headed behind for a Sweden corner!
20' Portugal had conceded twice in both of their prior games by the 20-minute mark, with the current goalless scoreline showing how organised they've been so far in this game.
M. Eriksson
Yellow Card
18' Eriksson catches the trailing leg of Nazareth late, and Portugal gain a free-kick in a good position, whilst the Sweden defender goes into the book.
17' WIDE!!! Lindahl can only flap at Norton's corner and it falls to Costa at the back post. She drives the ball back across the face of goal, but no-one can connect and it flashes wide!
16' Pinto picks out Borges on the run with a beautifully executed throughball, and the left-back links up with Diana Silva. She cuts the ball back to the penalty spot, but it's hoofed behind for a corner by Eriksson.
15' Rolfo attempts to pick out Blackstenius, but it's deflected wide to Andersson. She returns serve with a low cross, but it's into the gloves of Morais before the Sweden striker can pounce.
14' Sweden have won their last two matches against Portugal in March 2020 and February 2022. They last lost in March 2019, losing 2-1 in Portugal in another friendly.
13' After a short delay attending to Andersson, play is resumed and she soon returns to the pitch to the delight of the crowd.
11' It's a foot-race down the touchline as Andersson and Jessica Silva compete for the ball, and the Sweden left-back comes off second best and is down receiving treatment.
9' Having momentarily left the pitch injured following a clash in the air, Portugal captain Dolores Silva returns to the field and the game carries on.
8' Portugal have hardly touched the ball, but given that by this time, they were 1-0 down to the Dutch, and 2-0 down against the Swiss, they've done well to keep their shape against a Sweden side who have started with plenty of purpose.
6' Asllani takes down a throw-in and dribbles to the byline. She tries another low cross, but it's straight into the gloves of Morais.
5' More Swedish pressure sees Glas find Asllani in the box. She thrashes a cross towards the back post, but Portugal clear it away eventually.
4' SAVED!!! Sweden counter at breakneck speed, with Asllani putting Rytting Kaneryd through on goal. She slides in to score, but is met by Morais, who deflects the shot away with her knees!
3' This is the first meeting between Sweden and Portugal at the UEFA Women’s Euros finals, and first in any competition since a friendly in February which Sweden won 4-0.
1' Sweden fire straight out of the blocks, racing into the box where Blackstenius feeds Asllani. She goes down under pressure from Borges, but the Portugal left-back won the ball cleanly and play continues!
1' Sweden kick us off via the boot of Blackstenius, and we're underway in Greater Manchester!
The two sides head out onto the pitch at a sweltering Leigh Sports Village, and kick-off will come straight after the anthems!
Portugal’s only change comes between the sticks, with Ines Pereira, who has conceded two early goals in both games, dropped for Patricia Morais; suggesting that coach Francisco Neto is looking to tighten up the Seleccao’s somewhat leaky defence.
Sweden captain Caroline Seger is rested after picking up a knock against Switzerland. Kosovare Asllani, who was instrumental in the Swedes' victory, leads the side in her absence, whilst Jonna Andersson, who scored in the Blagult’s first game against the Netherlands, returns at left-back having missed the Switzerland game.
PORTUGAL SUBS: Ines Pereira, Rute Costa, Alicia Correa, Silvia Rebelo, Joana Marchao, Suzane Pires, Vanessa Marques, Fatima Pinto, Lucia Alves, Carolina Mendes, Andreia Faria, Telma Encarnacao.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Patricia Morais; Catarina Amado, Diana Gomes, Carole Costa, Ana Borges; Tatiana Pinto, Dolores Silva, Andreia Norton; Jessica Silva, Kika Nazareth, Diana Silva.
SWEDEN SUBS: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Nilden, Emma Kullberg, Lina Hurtig, Sofia Jakobsson, Rebecka Blomqvist, Caroline Seger, Hanna Bennison, Olivia Schough, Elin Rubensson.
SWEDEN (4-3-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Magdalena Eriksson, Jonna Andersson; Filippa Angeldal, Kosovare Asllani, Nathalie Bjorn; Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo.
It’s been a case of so near, yet so far for Portugal in their two games; coming back from 2-0 down twice against both Switzerland and the Netherlands. However, despite holding the Swiss to a 2-2 draw, Danielle Van de Donk’s winner for Holland thwarted Portugal’s comeback, leaving them with just one point after two games.
Sweden are in a good position to qualify for the quarter-finals, being joint-top with the Netherlands on four points after two games. Having edged Switzerland 2-1 last time out, they’ll fancy their chances of getting past Portugal to reach the last eight.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this fixture in the Women’s Euro 2022, as Sweden take on Portugal in Group C.