Sweden and Australia settled, on Monday, for the last place in the Olympic tournament in Tokyo. Sweden reached the semi-finals with a 3-1 victory, while Australia was even more dramatic in the quarter-finals.
And Tony Gustafson’s team equalized in the last minute against Great Britain and decided in extra time through goals from Mary Fowler and Sam Kerr.
– That night was very dramatic. We deserved to win and worked hard the whole time. Kerr says I am very proud.
The star before the meeting with Sweden: “Bring her”
Now Sweden is waiting for Australia again. The two teams had already met in the group stage with Kerr scoring both Australia goals when Sweden won 4-2.
Sweden is the strongest team in the tournament right now. In addition to their goal at the end, it was a good game for us last time around, so “bring it on,” says the 27-year-old.
What are my favourite?
We Australians like to be underdogs, so we’d be happy to give away our favorite Swedes, if they wanted to.
Swedish answer: “Feel free to take it upon ourselves”
Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl doesn’t seem particularly alarmed when you hear Sam Kerr’s quote.
– They can say that. This is good. We were the ones who won the past. We feel very comfortable having expectations for ourselves now, Lindahl says.
At the group stage meeting, she admitted that she had conceded two goals from Sam Kerr, but at the same time saved the striker’s penalty.
“I think she’s a competitive person, so she’s likely to be tagged more and want revenge,” says Lindahl.
– But she certainly has no advantage over me.
Kosovar Aslani is happy to take the favorite to meet Australia.
– We are happy with our progress, we won in the end and then we became the favourites. But it is one of the best countries in the world that we will meet, says the midfielder.
The semi-final match between Sweden and Australia will take place on Monday 13.00 Swedish time.
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