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Sweden v Switzerland Live Commentary, 7/13/22

2 - 1
F. Rolfö (53)
H. Bennison (79)
R. Bachmann (55)
Bramall Lane


That's all from us, we'll see you for the next game. Until then, goodbye!
That victory sends Sweden to the top of the previously gridlocked Group C, albeit with Portugal and the Netherlands still to play. Switzerland drop to the bottom, but with all still to play for, and the resolve they showed in this game, they'll still fancy their chances of progressing following the last round of group stage fixtures.
It was extremely unfortunate that Ramona Bachmann had to come off for Switzerland, because she had been in absolutely everything for her side going forward. As well as that quick-fire equaliser, the Swiss forward had three shots, two of which were on target, and had five final third entries, and completed seven passes in the box at an accuracy of 84 per cent. She also won possession three times in the last third, with her contributions in both attack and defence showing how important she is for this Switzerland side, who will be hoping that the injury that forced her off isn't a serious one.
The match ends with Sweden's quality finally shining through in the second half! The game's first goal came as Sweden finally broke down Switzerland's resistance, but the Swiss hit back straight away via Bachmann's spectacular equaliser! Bachmann had to leave the field from injury though, and with that Sweden piled on the pressure; young substitute Bennison scoring what turned out to be the winner with a similarly excellent finish! 2-1 doesn't exactly flatter Switzerland, who defended well for large periods, but had they been a touch more clinical, Sweden could've accumulated quite the scoreline.
90' + 6' A Sweden cross is headed away by Buhler, but Asllani again picks up the pieces. She's looking to cross, before being fouled on the byline by Riesen, and will line up a late free-kick for the leaders.
90' + 4' OFFSIDE!!! Blomqvist has the ball in the net again, but is denied by the flag, again! She takes Seger's pass and prods it home, but the flag is up immediately!
90' + 3' Rytting Kaneryd's inside ball is deflected into the path of Blomqvist, but Thalmann races out of her goal to smother the ball before the Sweden substitute can latch onto it!
90' + 1' Sweden have a five-on-three overlap as they race forward, but Rytting Kaneryd's attempted turn and shot is blocked and cleared by Buhler!
90' + 1' We'll play SIX minutes of added time at the end of this game, which is plenty for Switzerland to score an equaliser here!
89' NO GOAL!!! With the players ready to kick-off again, VAR intervenes having found Blomqvist to be offside, and the substitute's goal is ruled out! We're back at 2-1!!
88' BALL IN THE NET!!! Game, set and match!!! Rytting Kaneryd picks up the ball on the right and squeezes a fantastic throughball forward for Blomqvist, who is in space and slots it beyond Thalmann and into the bottom corner!!! The goal is given initially, but VAR wants a second look!
86' Blomqvist flicks a cross into the box where there are plenty of yellow shirts waiting. Both sides allow it to bounce, before Asllani attempts a wild overhead kick, that sends the ball skyward and over the bar!
84' Walti appears to be clipped late, right on the edge of the box, as she races onto a loose ball following a Swiss corner. However, following a short VAR check, no foul is given in her favour.
83' Buhler and Asllani have an almighty coming together, with the Sweden attacker shunted to the floor emphatically, but no free-kick is given!
81' Thalmann has had a busy game between the sticks for Switzerland, and having also picked up a knock earlier, looks to be really struggling as she receives treatment.
F. Rolfö
79' The reactive play of Sweden there was just excellent, flooding the box with yellow shirts, and Rolfo granting Bennison the space to unleash a shot as good as that one!
H. Bennison
79' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! What a strike!!! The free-kick is swung into the box and recovered by Sweden, with Rolfo teeing up Bennison on the edge of the box. The 19-year-old hits it first time, firing a shot across goal and straight into the corner!! What a finish from the Swedish teenager, and could that goal win the game for her side, who lead 2-1, with just 10 minutes to play?
R. Blomqvist
S. Blackstenius
79' Blackstenius has led the line superbly for Sweden, and is replaced late on by Rebecka Blomqvist.
78' Asllani brings down a loose ball but gets into a tangle with Rinast and wins a free-kick.
78' Sweden captain Seger has now made an appearance at five different UEFA Women’s Euro tournaments stretching back to 2005; more than any other player at Euro 2022. Only three players have appeared at more different editions in the competition’s history (Doris Fitschen, Heidi Stoere & Carolina Morace – 6 each).
76' Switzerland look to spark a counter-attack with a good ball forward to Riesen, but her wide pass to Crnogorcevic goes astray and over the touchline.
74' SAVED!!! Crnogorcevic dribbles into space, before firing low from the edge of the box. It's a good effort towards the bottom corner, but it's tipped wide by the outstretched arm of Lindahl!
F. Humm
R. Bachmann
72' Bachmann's been struggling with a knock for the best part of ten minutes, but unfortunately the Swiss talisman can't continue and is replaced by Fabienne Humm.
71' A Sweden free-kick is headed away to Bennison on the edge of the box. She tees up Rytting Kaneryd to shoot, but she blazes her half-volleyed effort wide of the target.
70' BLOCKED!!! Thalmann claims a high cross, but spills the ball when she hits the ground. It pops out to Blackstenius, who shoots towards the empty net, but it's blocked on the line by Calligaris! Blackstenius tries another shot on the rebound, but that too is deflected away for a Sweden corner!
J. Rytting Kaneryd
L. Hurtig
68' Hurtig also comes off, with Anna Rytting Kaneryd replacing her in the wide positions.
H. Bennison
F. Angeldahl
68' Angeldal is the player withdrawn as Sweden make their first changes, and Hanna Bennison will take her place in midfield.
S. Mauron
S. Maendly
68' Maendly comes off for the Swiss, replaced in midfield by Sandrine Mauron.
66' OVER!!! Blackstenius takes the ball on the turn in the box, and beats Calligaris before firing a shot high over the crossbar!
65' Hurtig is played in down the right and attempts a cut-back into the six-yard box. A deflection takes it towards Asllani, but Calligaris' block sends the ball away before she can volley it goalwards!
63' Asllani has now been directly involved in six of Sweden’s last 16 goals at the UEFA Women’s Euros, with her five assists since the start of the 2013 competition more than any other player at the tournament during this period.
61' Maendly is down and requires treatment following a challenge, and after momentarily leaving the field for further assessment, is passed fit and comes back on for Switzerland.
N. Riesen
G. Reuteler
59' Reuteler is also withdrawn, with Nadine Riesen coming on in attack for the Swiss.
R. Rinast
E. Aigbogun
59' Switzerland make their first change, as Aigbogun comes off for Rachel Rinast.
57' Bachmann tees up Maritz to cross, but she over-hits the ball in an attempted lob of the goalkeeper, and Lindahl catches the effort with ease.
R. Bachmann
55' GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! An immediate equaliser!!!! Switzerland come straight up the other end, and Lindahl comes for Grnogorcevic's cross. She can only palm it as far as Bachmann though, who takes a touch before curling a beauty of a shot into the top corner to lock us up at 1-1!!! What a second half this has turned out to be!
K. Asllani
53' What a piece of play from Sweden there! The knock-down from Blackstenius was superb, and the first-time ball by Asllani put it on a plate for Rolfo, who fired her side into the lead.
F. Rolfö
53' GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Sweden have their goal!!! It's a beautifully engineered passage of play from Sweden, as Angeldal's long ball is touched down by Blackstenius. Alssani threads the loose ball through to Rolfo, who races clear and slots the ball into the bottom corner of the net! It's been coming, and the dominant Swedes finally have their 1-0 lead.
52' SAVED!!! Angeldal's long ball puts Blackstenius through on goal, but a poor touch takes the ball wide. She shoots on the angle, but a deflection takes the sting out of the shot, and it's saved by Thalmann!
51' Switzerland have never kept a clean sheet in any of their four games at the UEFA Women’s European Championship, although their 2-2 draw with Portugal on MD1 was the first time they’ve conceded more than once.
49' Rolfo looks to set off up the field once again, but is pulled back by Maendly, who concedes the free-kick.
47' WIDE!!! What an effort!!! Rolfo takes the ball on the turn and tries her luck. Forced wide by Calligaris' pressure, she rifles a left-footed shot that looks destined for the top corner, but curls just around the post!
46' Asllani kicks off for Sweden, and we're back underway at Bramall Lane!
The sides re-enter the pitch for the second half, and will we see some goals in the next 45 minutes?
Asllani was everywhere for Sweden in the final third, having one shot and entering the box three times with the ball. She's maintained a passing accuracy of 91 per cent, won five of her 11 duels, and has won the ball seven times in total, alongside winning three free-kicks for her side.
The first half ends, with no goals to show for all of Sweden's dominance. The Scandinavian side have had ample numbers of half-chances, but haven't been clinical enough to find the final pass or shot to really trouble the Swiss rearguard. That early overturned penalty was Switzerland's best attacking chance, but at the back, they've been exceptional, defending in numbers to crowd out Sweden's fluid front-line.
45' We'll play two minutes of added time to close out the first half.
43' With half-time looming, Sweden will be wondering how they haven't scored yet, given their four shots and 44 final-third entries. However, Switzerland have defended absolutely resolutely, have had chances of their own, and have matched the energy of Sweden's midfield so far.
41' Following their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on MD1, Sweden have lost just two of their 19 group stages matches at the UEFA Women’s Euros, winning 11, and going on to progress to the knockout stages in all six of their previous appearances at the competition.
39' After Maendly and Bachmann are both given treatment by the Swiss medical team, play resumes with that initial free-kick against Calligaris going the other way.
37' After a Swiss attack is broken up, Rolfo releases Blackstenius on a fast break towards the box. In a foot-race with Calligaris, the Sweden striker goes down on the edge of the box, and the referee calls play to a halt for the free-kick.
36' Asllani stands over another Swedish free-kick, this time from the left, and looks to catch Thalmann out by swinging a low effort towards the near post. The Swiss goalkeeper watches it all the way though, as the ball curls away to the left.
34' Sweden play the ball wide, finding Rolfo down the left. She looks to cross to Blackstenius, but overhits the ball and sends it behind for a goal kick.
32' SAVED!!! After a pass to Bjorn goes astray, Bachmann races clear with the ball and sets her sights on goal. Bjorn gets back to pressure her, forcing her to shoot from a tight angle, and a deflection takes the effort into the grateful gloves of Lindahl!
31' Despite Sweden having the majority of big chances so far, Switzerland are edging possession, having managed 51 per cent in the first half-hour. Aside from that penalty shout though, they've done very little with the ball in terms of attack, and will need to improve to prevent Sweden over-running them.
29' Rolfo swings another ball to the back post, where Hurtig looks to square it for Blackstenius. Buhler's in the way again though, blocking the final pass and clearing her lines to give Switzerland some respite.
27' Asllani fires an out-swinging free-kick into the box, but it's headed clear. Rolfo picks up the pieces and crosses towards the far post, where Asllani is just a fraction too late to connect with the ball!
25' Asllani skilfully brings down a chipped ball and flicks it over her shoulder, beating three Swiss defenders in the process and winning a corner off Buhler.
23' CHANCE!!! A Deep free-kick is swung into the Switzerland box, but is headed away. It's only as far as Bjorn, who volleys forward to Blackstenius, however her looping header is an easy one for Thalmann to catch.
21' Bachmann races forward on the break for the Swiss, before cutting inside and finding Reuteler. She looks to switch the ball right to Crnogorcevic, but sprays a wayward pass that flies over the sideline.
20' Angeldal looks to find Asllani with a throughball into the box, but Aigbogun slides in to knock the ball behind for the game's first corner.
19' Blackstenius chests down an aerial ball and looks to hit it from the edge of the box, but runs into traffic and Switzerland clear the danger.
17' BLOCKED!!! A wide ball finds Blackstenius, who squares for Asllani. She knocks the ball past Aigbogun before firing a shot, but the Switzerland left-back blocks it! Asllani screams for handball, but Aigbogun couldn't get out of the way, so no penalty is given!
16' The last meeting between Sweden and Switzerland came in February 2019 in the Algarve Cup, with the Swedes winning 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Mimmi Larsson.
14' Crnogorcevic is caught very late by Eriksson as she looks to launch a counter-attack, and the referee brings play back for the Swiss free-kick.
12' Angeldal's looking for Blackstenius on the run as she floats a long ball into the box, but it's a few yards too long for the striker and the ball goes out of play.
11' NO PENALTY! We've gone off to VAR for a second look at that collision, and after a lengthy check, the referee decides to overturn her initial decision! No penalty to the Swiss, and Eriksson's challenge is redeemed!
9' PENALTY! Maendly's cut-back to Maritz sees her fail to control the ball, but she's then barrelled over in the box by Eriksson and the referee points to the spot! It's a harsh one on the Sweden left-back, who looked to only be standing her ground.
9' After an attempted lob comes back to Bachmann, the Switzerland forward attempts to play Sow in down the right, but overhits her pass and the ball goes out of play.
7' Walti is swarmed by yellow shirts as she picks the ball up on the edge of her own box, but the Swiss captain turns out of trouble brilliantly before Asllani fouls her to concede a free-kick.
6' Sweden have won just one of their last six matches at the UEFA Women’s Euros, with that victory coming against Russia in the group stages of 2017's tournament.
4' Following a free-kick, Asllani floats a cross towards Rolfo, but she can't direct her header on target and the ball bounces out for a goal-kick.
3' Seger looks to pick out Blackstenius on the run into the box, but Buhler gets across and clears the ball before the Sweden striker can latch onto it.
1' The Swiss kick-off, and this Group C match is off and running in Sheffield!
The two sides head out onto the Bramall Lane pitch, and following the anthems, we will be underway!
A stomach bug has ravaged the Swiss camp ahead of this game, with a day of training cancelled and eight players struck down with illness. However, they’ve managed to keep the side together, with Luana Buhler replacing Rahel Kiwic in their only change.
Jonna Anderson scored Sweden’s only goal in their draw with the Netherlands, but she is dropped to the bench by manager Peter Gerhardsson, with Arsenal forward Stina Blackstenius coming in for the Blagult’s only change.
SWITZERLAND WOMEN SUBS: Livia Peng, Seraina Friedli, Julia Stierli, Lara Marti, Rachel Rinast, Riola Xhemaili, Rahel Kiwic, Sandrine Mauron, Svenja Folmli, Fabienne Humm, Nadine Riesen, Meriame Terchoun.
SWITZERLAND WOMEN (4-2-3-1): Gaelle Thalmann; Noelle Maritz, Viola Calligaris, Luana Buhler, Eseosa Aigbogun; Lia Walti, Sandy Maendly; Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic, Coumba Sow, Geraldine Reuteler; Ramona Bachmann.
SWEDEN WOMEN SUBS: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Jonna Andersson, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Nilden, Emma Kullberg, Sofia Jakobsson, Rebecka Blomqvist, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Hanna Bennison, Olivia Schough, Elin Rubensson.
SWEDEN WOMEN (4-3-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Nathalie Bjorn, Magdalena Eriksson; Filippa Angeldal, Kosovare Asllani, Caroline Seger; Fridolina Rolfo, Stina Blackstenius, Lina Hurtig.
Switzerland raced into a 2-0 lead within five minutes of their game against Portugal, but couldn’t hold on in the second half and ended up drawing 2-2. Sweden similarly were frustrated by defending champions, the Netherlands, who scored a 52nd minute equaliser to deny the highest-ranked team in the tournament an opening victory.
The four sides in Group C are all locked up on one point apiece, with the opening matchday seeing both games drawn. However, both Sweden and Switzerland scored first in their respective games, suggesting this clash will be an entertaining one from the off.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this match in the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championships, between Sweden and Switzerland in Group C.