Manchester Metropolis’s Filippa Angeldal scored twice whereas Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius was additionally heading in the right direction when Sweden beat Portugal 5-0 in Leigh this night to advance to the UEFA Girls’s EURO 2022 quarter-finals towards Iceland, Italy or Belgium.
It was all nonetheless to be performed on the ultimate day of the Group C stage and no group destiny was determined earlier than the day’s sport. Portugal went into their match at Leigh Sports activities Village figuring out that in the event that they gained and Switzerland did not beat the Netherlands, they may unexpectedly play within the quarter-finals. The one factor standing of their means was the second-best group on the earth and Olympic Silver Medalists Sweden.
The Scandanavian aspect had the early tempo of issues and that quickly confirmed up on the scoreboard. First, a nook was solely half-delivered from Patrícia Morais’ fist and the ball went straight to Angeldal on the sting of the realm. The Manchester Metropolis midfielder took the primary shot and located the online.
Angeldal was once more on the sting of the 18-yard field when he was not picked up from a nook kick that was performed into his floor in acres of house. He calmly took the underside nook and stretched his shot via the ocean of our bodies to get a double shot on his aspect.
Portugal had come from behind 2-0 of their final two group video games however repeating the identical factor as soon as once more can be crucial. And so it was when, simply earlier than half-time, Sweden’s nook from the suitable was attacked by a bunch of gamers nevertheless it was the beforehand dependable Carole Costa who turned the ball into her personal web.
Sweden began the second half on the entrance foot as soon as once more and three rapidly turned 4. A cross from the suitable hit the outstretched arm of Diana Silva and after a second’s thought, referee Stéphanie Frappart pointed to the realm. Kosovare Asllani stepped up and his penalty kick was despatched past the attain of Morais.
The aim didn’t occur there. With the match winding down, Arsenal ahead Blackstenius, who had twice been denied an offside flag earlier within the sport, created house for himself and fired the ball right-footed into the roof of the online.
The 5-0 victory made Sweden go to the highest of the desk whereas Portugal completed. Sweden had lacked enthusiasm to this point however they brushed apart Francisco Neto’s aspect with ease. Portugal had confirmed themselves to be a group that by no means knew when it was closed however they did not actually begin in the present day. That being mentioned, they’ve earned their cash’s price with some electrifying performances and thrilling soccer towards among the most established groups within the ladies’s sport.
Subsequent up for Sweden is a return to Leigh on Friday the place they are going to face the runners-up in Group D and will probably be hoping they will begin their marketing campaign after a poor exhibiting in the present day.