World Cup for Women's Germany 2011: Quarter Final

Matildas fall to Sweden in last 16
By Chris Dunkerley (with FIFA info)

1pm Sunday, 10 July 2011 at FIFA Women´s World Cup Stadium, Augsburg

Sweden 3
(Therese Sjogran 11’, Lisa Dahlkvist 16', Lotta Schelin 52')
Australia 1
(Ellyse Perry 40')

Australia's Matildas were eliminated from the 2011 Women's Wolrd Cup by an experienced, some would say cynical, Swedish team by 3 goals to 1. Two quick goals in the opening minutes set the Swedes up, before a great strike from Ellyse Perry gave the Australians hope.

It was another fighting performance by the young Australians but too often they are fighting their own mistakes. The defensive line chosen was too inexperienced and brittle for the clinical Swedes and it took too long to adjust - plus the brain-snap by Kim Carroll in trying a long pass back to the 'keeper was a killer blow.

Of course the foul count of 20 against the Swedes as opposed to 5 against Australia rather indicates that experience is not always pretty.

The game started with Sweden pressing high, and the Australian's found it hard to get their passing game going, although they managed to force a corner in the 6th minute.

The pressure down the flanks told in the 11th minute when a long ball from the back was collected by Lotta Schelin who showed fast footwork to get past debutant fullback Ellyse Perry. Schelin cut the ball inside for Therese Sjogran who took one touch before firing inside Melissa Barbieri’s near post. 1-0

Sjogran was the architect for Sweden's second goal which came five minutes later as her cross from the right was perfect for the virtually unmarked Lisa Dahlkvist to head home.

Josefine Oqvist had a good opportunity to make it three when she leapt above Kim Carroll to connect with Schelin’s cross, but her effort was well off target.

Sweden were in total control and Australia were struggling to get out of their own half. It looked as though they would need either a moment of magic or a Swedish mistake to get them back into the game. It almost arrived in the 38th minute when McCallum's free-kick caught Hedvig Lindahl unawares and off her line, but much to her relief, the ball sailed wide.

Australia pulled one back two minutes later however. A short corner from Collette McCallum was played back to Ellyse Perry on the right at the edge of the area. She took a touch to control the ball with her right foot to move the ball left, and with a defender closing fast she hit it sweetly with her left foot to curl it into the top left corner of the net from 20m. 2-1

After the half-time break the game took on a more even look, but gifted goals to the opposition have plagued the Matildas in the competition and unfortunately for Tom Sermanni’s side they made it three at the worst possible time.

Kim Carroll casually attempted to play the ball back to the keeper 35m away rather than the other central defender Servet Uzunlar just in front of her, but failed to realise the centre was now exposed or to spot Lotta Schelin lurking. The Swedish striker gratefully accepted the ball, rounded Melissa Barbieri and slipped the ball into the net. 3-1

The Matildas refused to give up despite some rugged defensive play and almost reduced the deficit when Tameka Butt’s cross from the right was headed just wide by Kyah Simon. Minutes later, Lisa De Vanna made a great surging run but took the wrong option, shooting wide.

Australian 'keeper Melissa Barbieri almost took the ball over her own line after collecting a cross from the right awkwardly, while at the other end, Swedish 'keeper Hedvig Lindahl made a fantastic diving save to deny substitute Takema Butt’s drive from 25m. Youngster Caitlin Foord made constant runs forward that unnerved the defenders, but that was it, 3-1. Though they had swung overall possession back to almost square the Matildas lacked the clinical finishing needed to capitalise.

Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby said. "We are very satisfied to have reached the semi-finals and that we’ve gained the chance to play at the Olympic Games in London. Up to yesterday we thought our opposing team in the semi-finals was going to be Germany, but now we have to concentrate on winning against Japan. We do not have very good memories of playing against them, but we hope to do better this time. We will work out a promising tactical plan and our players will work hard to go one step further".

Australian coach Tom Sermanni conceded that "Sweden played a formidable match, but we are very proud of our efforts as well. Unfortunately we made too many simple mistakes. Even in the half time we were very confident of coming back and win the game. But after their last goal it was extremely difficult. Considering the whole tournament, we do have very good and particularly talented players. The biggest disappointment is the fact that we just give to many goals to our opponents. But as I always say, we never gave up at any moment".

1pm Sunday, 10 July 2011 at FIFA Women´s World Cup Stadium, Augsburg

Sweden 3
(Therese Sjogran 11’, Lisa Dahlkvist 16', Lotta Schelin 52')
Australia 1
(Ellyse Perry 40')

    Crowd: 24,605


    SWEDEN :
    Player listing:
    [1] Hedvig LINDAHL (gk), [2] Charlotte ROHLIN, [4] Annica SVENSSON (-92'), [5] Caroline SEGER (c), [6] Sara THUNEBRO, [7] Sara LARSSON, [8] Lotta SCHELIN, [14] Josefine OQVIST (-83'), [15] Therese SJOGRAN, [16] Linda FORSBERG (-67'), [17] Lisa DAHLKVIST

    Substitutes not used: [12] Kristin HAMMARSTROM (rgk), [21] Sofia LUNDGREN (rgk), [3] Linda SEMBRANT, [9] Jessica LANDSTROM, [10] Sofia JAKOBSSON, [11] Antonia GORANSSON, [13] Lina NILSSON (+92'), [18] Nilla FISCHER (+67'), [19] Madelaine EDLUND (+83'), [20] Marie HAMMARSTROM

    Coach: Thomas DENNERBY (Sweden)

    Yellow Cards: Therese SJOGRAN 67', Nilla FISCHER 81'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Player listing:
    1. Melissa BARBIERI (gk) (c), 3. Kim CARROLL, 6. Ellyse PERRY (13. Tameka BUTT +59’), 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Servet UZUNLAR, 11. Lisa De VANNA, 12.Emily van EGMOND (4. Clare POLKINGHORNE +58’), 14. Collette McCALLUM (15. Sally SHIPARD +79’), 17. Kyah SIMON

    Substitutes not used: 18. Lydia WILLIAMS (rgk), 2. Teigen ALLEN, 16. Lauren COLTHORPE, 19. Leena KHAMIS, 21. Casey DUMONT (rgk), 5. Laura ALLEWAY, 20. Sam KERR

    Coach: Tom Sermani (Australia)

    Yellow Cards: Kyah SIMON 23', Heather GARRIOCK 80'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Silvia REYES (Peru)
    Assistant referees: Mariana CORBO (Uruguay); Maria ROCCO (Argentina); Fourth official: Dagmar AMKOVA (Czech Republic)

    Best players: Sweden: Lotta Schelin, Lisa Dahlkvist, Hedvig Lindahl; Australia - Kyah Simon, Melissa Barbieri, Lisa De Vanna

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match Report by Chris Dunkerley

(The Matildas squad)

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