Sweden 2-0 Australia: Sweden secures third place at Women's World Cup with Asllani's strike
Posted : 19 August 2023
Sweden secured third place at the Women's World Cup with a victory over Australia, as Kosovare Asllani's powerful strike in the second half added to Fridolina Rolfo's early penalty. This marks Sweden's second consecutive bronze medal finish in the World Cup.
In the first half, Rolfo converted a penalty after a VAR review confirmed a foul by Claire Hunt on Stina Blackstenius. Australia's efforts to equalize were stifled by Sweden's strong defense and goalkeeper Zecira Musovic, who denied Hayley Raso and Clare Polkinghorne.
Sweden extended their lead when Blackstenius provided a precise assist to Asllani, who fired a first-time shot from the edge of the area into the net. The victory held significant importance for Sweden's coach Peter Gerhardsson, who emphasized the relief and joy of winning such a match.
Australia, the co-hosts, achieved their best-ever World Cup finish, despite their tired performance in the match. Their success in capturing the nation's imagination was highlighted by their record-breaking viewership during the semi-final against England. However, they struggled to make an impact against Sweden, with Sam Kerr having minimal influence on the game.
Captain Kerr reflected on the Matildas' journey and their ability to demonstrate Australia's prowess in football. Despite their fourth-place finish, their contribution to the tournament has ignited hope for the growth of women's football in the country.
Sweden's victory added to their history of strong performances in the third-fourth place match. Dominating the game, they secured their fourth bronze medal in the World Cup. This tournament saw Sweden excel, topping their group and eliminating defending champions the United States in the Round of 16. Their journey was halted in the semi-finals by Spain.
The Women's World Cup served as a platform for Sweden to display their prowess once again, while Australia's remarkable performance resonated deeply within the nation, offering hope for the development of women's football in the country's sporting landscape.