Linda Sembrant’s damage-time rebound strike saw Sweden snatch a 1- Quarter-Final victory above Belgium to attain 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro semi-finals.
A scrappy initially-fifty percent noticed Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius score on a 25th moment counter-assault, only for Video clip Assistant Referee (VAR) to rule it offside.
Sweden nevertheless repeatedly unsuccessful to make clinical prospects right until a late harm-time corner fell to Nathalie Björn, whose shot was spilled for Sembrant to lash in from shut-range to snatch a tense victory.
Sweden will now deal with tournament hosts, England in the opening semi-remaining at 8pm BST on Tuesday 26 July at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
Dominant Swedes Disappointed In the course of Match
Pre-match, Sweden only named a 20-player squad immediately after Jonna Andersson, Hanna Glas and Emma Kullberg all tested favourable for Coronavirus, which has compelled the trio into self-isolation as Linda Sembrant and Amanda Nilden replaced Andersson and Glas in the starting off line-up.
Belgium in the meantime built 3 tactical modifications from their Group D victory in excess of Italy, as Laura Deloose, Laura De Neve and Marie Minnaert came in from Ella van Kerkhoven, Elena Dhont and Hannah Eurlings respectively.
At the time the match bought underway, Sweden unsuccessful to search afflicted by Andersson, Glas and Kullberg’s absences as Filippa Angeldahl’s sixth minute extensive-selection strike was saved by Nicky Evrard.
Angeldahl then squandered further odds as she fired around the bar in the 11th minute ahead of her curled endeavor in the direction of the major left corner was bent broad of objective 7 minutes afterwards, whilst Amanda Ilestedt and Stina Blackstenius missed likelihood from a 14th moment cross to Ilestedt.
Belgium although ended up defensively robust although they also posed an attacking risk which observed Janice Cayman whip in a 24th moment cross, only for Sweden to straight away counter-assault as a by way of ball discovered Blackstenius to rifle in just inside of the 25th moment.
VAR even so adjudged Blackstenius just marginally offside and disallowed the objective, which revitalised the Belgians as Justine Vanhaevermaet fired large of the bottom left corner in the 31st moment.
Sweden two minutes later on gained a corner but Angeldahl fired vast through deflection on the rebound, while their next set piece was blocked by Evrard to Blackstenius who unsuccessful to poke in from near range as Evrard recovered to make a critical save.
Both equally groups thereafter traded chances at reverse ends all through the remainder of the 1st-half with a deficiency of obvious-slice odds, amidst Sweden’s dominance as Belgium kept their semi-ultimate goals alive at the split.
Sweden came again out soon after 50 percent-time and swiftly settled into dominant participate in as Asllani nodded a 49th minute effort onto the bar, which Belgium’s defence swiftly cleared.
Fridolina Rolfo in particular was a enormous threat for the 1984 winners of this levels of competition as she made numerous chances, of which all her tries came to almost nothing.
Angeldahl meanwhile manufactured Sweden’s very best chance in the 61st moment as she rifled in excess of the bar from extended vary, even though Blackstenius saw a 72nd moment header from a scrappy corner cleared by Evrard.
Belgium lastly designed a spell of attacking strain in the 74th minute but Cayman’s cross was cleared by Hedvig Lindahl, with their upcoming endeavor coming eight minutes afterwards as substitute – Elena Dhont fired into the ideal side-netting.
Sweden however continued to keep their relentless tension but nearly missing the match in the 88th minute as Belgium broke ahead, with Tessa Wullaert’s pullback move fired broad by Dhont prior to Asllani tried out to strike up the other close for the Swedes but she dragged her shot vast.
Vanhaevermaet even so conceded an injury-time corner which Linda Sembrant lashed in on rebound from close-selection to ship Sweden as a result of to the semi-finals, right after Evrard had spilled Björn’s shot at the back post.
Sweden are now in their ninth semi-closing appearance of UEFA Women’s Euro, the place they will confront England in the opening semi-last on 26 July at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, for the correct to participate in at Wembley Stadium in the Closing on Sunday 31 July.
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Amanda Ilestedt, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson, Amanda Nilden, Filippa Angeldahl (Bennison 84′), Kosovare Asllani, Nathalie Björn, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Stina Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfo
Substitutes: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Lina Hurtig, Sofia Jakobsson, Rebecka Blomqvist, Caroline Seger, Hanna Bennison, Olivia Schough, Elin Rubensson
Belgium: Nicky Evrard, Laura Deloose (Dhont 67′), Sari Kees, Laura De Neve, Davina Philtjens, Julie Biesmans (Missipo 88′), Marie Minnaert, Justine Vanhaevermaet, Tessa Wullaert, Tine De Caigny Janice Cayman
Substitutes: Diede Lemey, Lisa Lichtfus, Ella van Kerkhoven, Amber Tysiak, Sarah Wijnants, Hannah Eurlings, Feli Delacauw, Elena Dhont, Davinia Vanmechelen, Jody Vangheluwe, Charlotte Tison, Kassandra Missipo
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)