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Sweden v Canada Live Commentary, 24/06/2019

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S. Blackstenius (55)
Parc des Princes


That's all from us tonight folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Sweden will now face Germany on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, whilst Canada head home.
Sweden book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada thanks to a goal from Blackstenius. The game kicked into life in the second half, after a poor opening period. Sweden broke the deadlock after 55 minutes following a quick counter-attack and she was fed the ball by Asllani and just managed to get to the ball before Labbe, poking it into the back of the net. Canada pushed forward in search of an equaliser and they were awarded a penalty after the ball struck the outstretched arm of Asllani. However, Beckie saw her penalty saved by Lindahl and that's the closest Canada came to getting back into the game.
90' + 8' Sweden clear the ball out for a corner, we play on despite now being into the ninth minute of added time!
90' + 7' Canada have a free-kick right on the edge of the Sweden penalty area, close to the byline after Glas fouls Lawrence. Surely this is their final chance?
90' + 6' Sweden look comfortable at the back, despite Canada throwing everything at them now. They are defending well and aren't allowing their opponents any goalscoring chances.
A. Anvegård
S. Blackstenius
90' + 4' Final Sweden substitution now with Blackstenius replaced by Anvegard.
90' + 2' Good play! Sinclair does really well down the right and sets up a chance for Schmidt, but she skies the ball high over the crossbar.
90' There will be a minimum of SEVEN minutes added time played.
L. Hurtig
F. Rolfö
89' Another Sweden change now, with Rolfo coming off the pitch and she is replaced by Hurtig.
88' Canada are throwing everyone forward now in search of an equalising goal, there isn't long left to play and apart from the penalty, they haven't tested Lindahl.
86' OFF THE LINE! Asllani is so close to doubling Sweden's lead after Sweden take the free-kick short, a good move and Asllani drills the ball towards the bottom corner, but Scott clears the ball off the line. Great defending.
K. Buchanan
Yellow Card
85' Buchanan is booked after she brings Blackstenius down close to the right corner flag. This yellow card means that she would miss the quarter-final game if Canada can turn this game around.
J. Beckie
84' Beckie is the other player to come off and she is replaced by Quinn.
J. Riviere
A. Chapman
84' Double substitution by Canada now, the first change sees Chapman come off and she has been replaced by Riviere.
82' PENALTY SHOUT! The referee points to the spot and awards Sweden a penalty after Lawrence dives into a tackle and takes the legs of Blackstenius as she tries to turn and fire the ball goalwards. The referee goes to VAR and it shows that Jakobsson was offside as she was fed the ball, she then played it into the box, so the penalty decision is overuled and Canada have a free-kick for offside.
80' CLOSE! Sweden win a free-kick deep down the left wing, which Asllani whips into a dangerous area and Labbe just manages to punch the ball clear before a Swedish player flicks the ball on and put it into the back of the net.
N. Björn
E. Rubensson
79' Sweden make a substitution, with Rubensson coming off and she has been replaced by Bjorn.
77' Sweden are slowing the pace of the game down now, just taking their time with any set pieces and throw-ins, to try and see the game out to full-time.
75' Sweden have not kept a clean sheet in a knockout match at the Women’s World Cup since their 4-0 victory over Germany in a third-place playoff encounter in 1991 – they have conceded 17 goals in their nine such matches since.
73' Canada are keeping the ball and are forcing Sweden to get everyone back behind the ball, but they are lacking a clincial touch in front of goal to set up a goalscoring opportunity.
71' Lindahl is now the first Swedish keeper to save a penalty in a World Cup, her team-mates swarmed around her to congratulate her on the save. Canada need to find another way to break through this resilient Sweden defence.
J. Beckie
Penalty Miss
69' MISSED! Beckie tries to place the ball into the bottom left-hand corner, but it's not close enough to the corner and Lindahl makes a great save.
H. Lindahl
Penalty Save
69' SAVED! Lindahl dives the right way and she pushes Beckie's penalty around the post and out for a corner. It's a decent spot-kick by the Canadian, but the Swedish keeper guessed correctly and made a superb save. VAR have a quick check to see if Lindahl remained on her line, which she did.
K. Asllani
Yellow Card
68' Asllani is shown a yellow card for handling the ball in the box.
67' PENALTY! The referee has reviewed the footage and Canada have a penalty! Can they make it 1-1?
66' PENALTY CHECK! We are going to VAR for a possible handball in the penalty area after the ball strikes the arm of Asllani as she goes to block Scott's shot from the edge of the box. Asllani's arm is away from her body and we've seen a few penalties given in similar scenario's so far during this World Cup.
A. Leon
N. Prince
64' Canada make their first substitution of the game, with Prince coming off and she has been replaced by Leon.
62' CLOSE! Sweden are starting to carve open a few more opportunities now and Rolfo goes close to doubling their lead with a powerful long range effort from the edge of the penalty area. However, she gets too much on it and it flies just wide of Labbe's goal.
61' Canada have lost 11 of their 13 previous meetings with European sides at the Women’s World Cup (W1 D1). Indeed, they have only scored more than one goal in these matches once before, a 2-3 defeat to England in 1995.
59' Almost! The gaps are starting to open in the Canada defence, with Blackstenius getting in-behind once again but this time she is forced wide, so she tries to square the ball to a team-mate in the box, but it's cut out and Canada clear the danger.
57' Can Canada respond quickly? They don't have a very good record in games in which they've conceded the first goal.
K. Asllani
55' Asllani could've kept going forward herself, but she spotted Blackstenius in a much better position and she picked her out perfectly with the ball in-behind.
S. Blackstenius
55' GOOOAAALLL! Sweden lead 1-0! Blackstenius breaks the deadlock after a quick counter by the Swedes. Asllani sprints forward and she beats all of her markers, she then plays a lovely ball in-behind Zadorsky, which Blackstenius runs onto and she just gets to the ball ahead of Labbe, firing the ball into the back of the net.
54' CLOSE! Sinclair gets the ball around the Sweden wall, but it doesn't have enough curl on it and it flies just wide of the Sweden goal.
52' Free-kick to Canada in a very good shooting position around 30 yards out after Asllani clatters into Beckie as she lines up a strike at goal. Sinclair to take it.
51' Labbe once again does well at the set piece, the ball it too close to the keeper and she punches it clear.
50' This is better from Sweden, good build-up play in the final third with Jakobsson breaking down the right wing and she manages to win a corner after her cross is blocked by Chapman.
48' Canada with the early possession in the second half, but it's all in their own half as Sweden are pressing them high and not allowing them any time or space on the ball to push forward.
46' The second half is underway!
The second half can only get better, with no shots on target yet for either team, but Canada have had a couple of efforts fly wide of the Sweden goal.
It's goalless between Sweden and Canada at half-time, with no goalscoring chances for either side yet. Canada have dominated possession and have looked more dangerous out of the two sides, getting into some good positions in the final third, but their final ball has been poor and Sweden look comfortable at the back. Meanwhile at the other end, Sweden have struggled to create anything in this tight contest.
F. Rolfö
Yellow Card
45' Rolfo is shown the first yellow card of the game, after her late challenge on Scott.
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played.
43' Not much is happening here at the Parc des Princes, both teams seem happy to let the game run out to half-time now. Still no saves for either keeper to make.
41' There's just a few minutes left on the clock now until the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
39' Only Therese Sjögran (18) has represented Sweden more often at the Women’s World Cup than current goalkeeper Lindahl, who played her 16th such match during her side’s defeat to USA last time out.
37' Germany will face the winners of this game, after they beat Nigeria 3-0 on Saturday to book their place in the quarter-finals.
35' Another Sweden corner, this time it is conceded by Buchanan. The referee is giving all of the players a warning as they all mingle right in front of Labbe, but the Canada keeper does well, coming off her line and punching the ball away.
33' Great defending! Jakobsson breaks away down the right wing, she sprints into the box and looks to have the beating of Chapman, but the Canada left-back never gives up and pulls off a superb tackle to block the Swedes cross. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
30' Good run down the right by Prince! The winger gets into a really good position and has two players to aim at in the box, but her cross is poor and it misses her team-mates and Sweden clear the danger.
28' Canada are on top in terms of possession and they are certainly looking the more dangerous side at the moment, with Sinclair and Beckie both looking lively.
26' We're midway through the first half now and neither keeper has had to make a save yet, with both sets of strikers looking pretty isolated up top and having to drop deep in order to get onto the ball.
24' On the two previous occasions Canada have progressed from the group stages at the Women’s World Cup, they have won their first knockout match – beating China 1-0 in the quarter finals in 2003, and Switzerland 1-0 in the last 16 in 2015.
22' Good chance! The ball drops nicely for Fleming just inside the Sweden penalty area after some good build-up play by Canada, but the striker powers the ball high over the crossbar on the volley.
20' Neither team is showing much urgency to push forward now, with a lack of pace from both sides in attack. This is going to be a tight contest.
18' Decent effort! Sweden with the first shot at goal, but Jakobsson drags the ball well wide of the Canada net from the edge of the penalty area.
16' Sweden have managed to withstand the early Canada push, they now have the ball in their opponents half, with Asllani seeing much more of the ball.
14' Sweden just about manage to clear the ball from the corner, but Canada remain camped inside their half of the pitch after they can only divert the ball out for a throw-in.
13' Still no chances for either team, but Canada look more dangerous going forward with Beckie starting to stretch the Sweden defence. Sinclair drops deep and plays a lovely ball through to her team-mate, who wins a corner after her cross is blocked.
11' Sweden are struggling to keep the ball at the moment, they are having to sit deep and soak up the pressure as Canada dominate possession in these early stages.
9' Sweden and Canada have met once before at the Women’s World Cup, during the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament, with the European side running out 2-1 winners before losing to Germany in the final.
7' Canada win a couple of corners, with Seger having to head clear the first set piece at the far post. However, the second ball into the box isn't as good and Sweden comfortably deal with it.
5' Both teams are just feeling their way into the game, trying to keep the ball in the middle of the pitch and work their way forward. However, the pace is quite slow and it's comfortable for both defences at the moment.
3' Canada are enjoying the early possession here, but they can't find an opening in the final third and Sweden press them high, forcing the mistake.
1' We're underway!
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Sweden have made five changes to their starting XI that lost 2-0 to the United States, with Glas, Eriksson and Fischer all coming back into the defence, with Rubensson and Rolfo also coming into the team. Meanwhile there is just one change for Canada, with Prince replacing Huitema.
CANADA SUBS: Kailen Sheridan, Rebecca Quinn, Julia Grosso, Adriana Leon, Jordyn Huitema, Deanne Rose, Shannon Woeller, Sabrina D'Angelo, Jayde Riviere, Lindsay Agnew, Gabrielle Carle, Jenna Hellstrom.
CANADA (4-4-2): Stephanie Labbe; Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Allysha Chapman; Nichelle Prince, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, Janine Beckie; Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair.
SWEDEN SUBS: Zecira Musovic, Anna Anvegard, Julia Zigiotti Olme, Lina Hurtig, Julia Roddar, Jonna Andersson, Mimmi Larsson, Jennifer Falk, Amanda Ilestedt, Nathalie Bjorn, Madelen Janogy, Olivia Schough.
SWEDEN (4-2-3-1): Hedvig Lindahl; Hanna Glas, Nilla Fischer, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson; Elin Rubensson, Caroline Seger; Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani, Fridolina Rolfo; Stina Blackstenius.
Canada also finished second in their group, winning their two games against Cameroon and New Zealand, before losing 2-1 to Netherlands in the final game. The winner of this last-16 game will face Germany on Sunday.
Sweden reached the knockout stages by finishing in second place behind the USA in Group F. They made plenty of changes ahead of their final group game against the United States, losing 2-0 after winning their opening two games.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Women's World Cup last-16 match between Sweden and Canada.