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Germany v Sweden Live Commentary, 29/06/2019

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L. Magull (16)
S. Jakobsson (22)
S. Blackstenius (48)
Roazhon Park


Well, that’s all we’ve got time for today. Until next time, thank you and goodbye!
Germany had been in sensational form heading into this one, but never really clicked into gear despite taking the lead, and the Swedes deservedly held firm. They are into the last four, along with the Netherlands, England and the United States.
It’s all over in Rennes, and Sweden have held firm to secure a surprise win and knock one of the favourites out! They will face Netherlands in the semi-finals, thanks to Blackstenius’ goal early in the first half.
L. Hurtig
F. Rolfö
90' + 5' A final change for Sweden sees Hurtig replace Rolfo.
90' + 3' CHANCE! Another huge opportunity goes begging for Germany! A floated cross is met at the back post by Huth, but she can only head over from six yards out.
90' + 1' Hope for Germany! There has been six minutes added on in Rennes.
89' CLOSE! Sweden almost wrap it up, with Blackstenius hammering just over from the edge of the area. It’s end-to-end in Rennes now!
88' MISS! Terrible goalkeeping from Lindahl, who gets caught underneath a cross she was never likely to get to. Oberdorf met it, but sent her header wide of an open goal!
N. Björn
E. Rubensson
86' Sweden have made a change, with Rubensson making way for Bjorn.
85' NO PENALTY! The decision stands. Play will carry on as normal.
84' Well, we have drama! VAR seems to be checking for a possible penalty to Germany. If the offside call was incorrect, Germany will have a spot-kick.
83' No harm done, though, and Popp is back on for the closing stages.
82' Popp is down receiving treatment after jumping in bravely to contest for a cross. She headed wide, though it wouldn’t have counted anyway, as she was offside.
79' CLOSE! Brilliant from Jakobsson, who drives from midfield before skipping past her marker and unleashing a low shot, which Schult does well to save.
77' Play is back underway.
75' With 15 minutes remaining, there will now be another cooling break.
74' Germany have conceded more goals today than they did in their previous five Women's World Cup matches.
72' CHANCE! Blackstenius could have sealed it! Sweden’s striker is through on goal, but Hegering just manages to force her wide and slightly off balance, and Germany escape unscathed!
L. Oberdorf
L. Schüller
70' A third change for Germany, as Schueller, who appeared to pick up a knock earlier, making way for Oberdorf.
68' Fischer was organising Sweden’s defence brilliantly, and Ilestedt has big shoes to fill in that regard. Germany are still pressing high, with all 10 outfield players often finding themselves in the opposition half, but still they can’t find a way through.
A. Ilestedt
N. Fischer
66' Indeed, Fischer can't carry on. Ilestedt comes on in her place.
66' Sweden centre-back Fischer is down receiving treatment. It does not look like she'll be able to carry on.
65' A cross from Maier causes issues for Sweden’s defence, with Fischer only able to make partial contact. It nearly falls kindly for Marozsan, but she can’t take it under control.
64' Blackstenius is the first Sweden player to score in consecutive knockout appearances at the Women's World Cup since Lena Videkull in 1991.
62' Having played in a 4-3-3 shape for the opening hour, Sweden now look to have settled into a 4-4-2, with Jakobsson drifting over to the right of a compact midfield.
60' Germany are seeing plenty of the ball and applying quite a bit of pressure, but seem to be lacking spark in attack at the moment, and Sweden’s defence look comfortable.
58' Wonderful play from Asllani, who takes in a lofted pass from a team-mate with a delightful first touch which sees her spin away from her marker. Sweden cannot make anything of it, though, and are almost caught out when Lindahl gets a clearance wrong, but Dabritz can't direct her effort on target.
F. Rolfö
Yellow Card
56' Rolfo becomes the first player to go into the book, having clattered into Magull. The Sweden winger will now miss the semi-final, should her side progress.
53' Popp is looking to pull the strings for Germany, but Sweden are keeping the attackers well marshalled, meaning any time the playmaker does get a pass through the lines, the forwards are quickly crowded out.
51' Each of Germany’s last two Women’s World Cup quarter-finals have gone to extra-time – they lost 0-1 in 2011 to Japan and drew 1-1 with France in 2015 before winning 5-4 on penalties. As it stands, they are heading out, however.
49' Germany were not happy, claiming there had been a foul in the build up but the referee has allowed the goal to stand, with VAR seemingly confirming the decision without the official having to go to the screen.
S. Blackstenius
48' SWEDEN LEAD 2-1! What a brilliant start to the second half for Sweden! The ball falls to Blackstenius after Schult had made a great save from Rolfo's header, and the striker is on hand to prod home from point-blank range.
46' We are back up and running in Rennes!
D. Marozsán
L. Dallmann
46' Germany have made a second change, with Dallmann replaced by Marozsan.
The conditions are certainly a real test for the players heading into the second half, and Germany have already been forced into one change, with Simon going off injured. Substitutions to bring on fresh legs could well be vital.
An entertaining opening half in Rennes, with the scores level after Jakobsson took advantage of sloppy Germany defending to cancel out Magull’s opener. Sweden have been on the back front for much of the contest, but look a real threat with their direct play.
45' + 2' Germany have faced three shots on target in this half, as many as they had faced in the first half of their previous four World Cup games combined.
45' There will be a minimum of three minutes stoppage time at the end of the first half.
L. Maier
C. Simon
43' Well, no risks taken by Germany. Simon is off, with Leonie Maier – who has recently signed for Arsenal – coming on.
42' Again, Germany are caught out by a long punt over the top of their defence, and Schult has to hoof the ball clear before Jakobssen can get to it. Germany struggle to clear their lines from the following corner, but manage at the third attempt in the end, before Blackstenius then loops an effort onto the roof of the net.
41' It appears to be good news for Simon, who has made her way back onto the field and seems to be moving freely enough.
40' Simon is down for Germany, and is now having to receive treatment off of the pitch. In the meantime, her side are carrying on with 10.
38' Great effort! Sweden are on the front foot quickly after the restart, and again find a gap between Germany’s defence and their goalkeeper. Blackstenius wastes no time in getting off a snapshot, but Schult reacts to tip it over.
36' The players are back on the pitch and the game is underway once more.
34' The conditions in Rennes today are sweltering, and as such, the players are now pausing to take a quick cooling break, and take on some much-needed water.
32' Blackstenius has hardly been involved so far, but looks set to race into the area after a rare venture forward from Sweden. But Popp is quickly over to put the onus on Sweden’s striker to make something happen, and the Germany midfielder succeeds in pushing her opponent wide.
31' Sweden have progressed in three of their five previous quarter-final matches at the Women’s World Cup, winning each of their last two (vs Brazil in 2003 and vs Australia in 2011).
28' After that flurry of activity, the contest has settled down again somewhat now, with Sweden sitting deep, aiming to soak up the Germany pressure and then break on the counter.
26' A slack pass from Fischer gifts Huth the ball in a dangerous position, but she is unable to make it count, with her ball towards Schueller cut out before it can reach its target.
24' Jakobssen's goal is the first time Germany have conceded during this tournament.
S. Jakobsson
22' IT'S 1-1, SWEDEN ARE LEVEL! For all Germany's dominance, their defence is undone by one long ball over the top, with Jakobsson anticipating a mistake which came from Hegering, and she makes no mistake with a composed finish.
L. Sembrant
22' It was a long punt upfield from Sembrant, but Germany's defence were caught cold, and Jakobsson made them pay!
20' Germany have won their last two World Cup matches against Sweden, including the 2003 final.
18' The chances are coming thick and fast for Germany now, as Schueller rises high to send a looping header goalwards. Fortunately for Sweden, it was directed straight at Lindahl.
L. Magull
16' GOAL! MAGULL MAKES IT 1-0 TO GERMANY! The Germans have hit the front, and it was a fantastic finish from the midfielder Magull, who set herself with a fantastic first touch before tucking an acrobatic finish through Lindahl's legs and into the bottom-left corner.
S. Däbritz
16' A poor clearance handed Germany possession in Sweden's half, and they made sure to take advantage. Dabritz got the assist, threading a neat pass into Magull, who did the rest in style.
14' Germany’s goalkeeper doesn’t cover herself in glory from the resulting set-piece, though, as she is caught under the flight of the ball. Eriksson, however, directed her header over.
12' That’s a good save from Schult, who sticks out her left leg to deny Jakobsson, who had stole a march on Germany’s defence and raced in behind.
10' A raking pass from Popp picks out Huth, who cuts inside from the right flank only to be swiftly crowded out by a glut of Sweden defenders. Moments earlier, Jakobsson got the better of Simon, but her cross came to nothing.
8' Germany are just starting to take control a bit now, with Sweden having to sit off and let their opponents have possession. Simon threads a wonderful pass into Huth, who tees it off to Magull, but her cross is well dealt with by the Swedish defence.
6' A first chance for Germany, as Magull lets rip with a free-kick from around 25 yards out. Sweden goalkeeper Lindahl, however, is hardly tested as she makes the save.
5' A fairly even start, with Germany the first side to find some joy in attack when Simon looks to release Schueller, but a Sweden defender charges across to deal with it.
3' This is the fifth meeting between Germany and Sweden at the Women's World Cup, with three of the previous four clashes coming in the knockout stage.
1' KICK-OFF! On a roasting afternoon in Rennes, the final Women's World Cup quarter-final is up and running!
We are about to get underway at Roazhon Park!
SWEDEN SUBS: Jonna Andersson, Madelen Janogy, Lina Hurtig, Jennifer Falk, Amanda Ilestedt, Julia Roddar, Nathalie Bjorn, Julia Zigiotti, Anna Anvegard, Mimmi Larsson, Zecira Musovic, Olivia Schough.
SWEDEN (4-3-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Hanna Glas, Nilla Fischer, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson; Elin Rubensson, Kosovare Asllani, Caroline Seger; Sofia Jakobsson, Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo.
GERMANY SUBS: Kathrin Hendrich, Leonie Maier, Lena Oberdorf, Lena Goessling, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Laura Benkarth, Johanna Essig, Verena Schweers, Melanie Leupolz, Klara Bühl, Merle Frohms, Turid Knaak.
GERMANY (4-4-2): Almuth Schult; Giulia Gwinn, Sara Doorsoun, Marina Hegering, Carolin Simon; Sara Daebritz, Alexandra Popp, Linda Dallman, Lina Magull; Svenja Huth, Lea Schueller.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Women's World Cup quarterfinal match between Germany and Sweden.