Sweden held off a late Japan fightback to succeed in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the fifth time with a 2-1 win at Eden Park on Friday, leaving the match with out a former winner within the final 4.
5 days after ousting four-time champions the USA within the spherical 16, Sweden dominated the 2011 champions for a lot of the night to arrange a semifinal in opposition to Spain on the identical stadium on Tuesday.
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Defender Amanda Ilestedt gave Sweden the lead along with her fourth objective of the match within the thirty second minute with Filippa Angeldal including the second from the penalty spot simply after the break.
Japan by no means gave up the struggle however Riko Ueki missed a 76th-minute penalty and her fellow substitute Honoka Hayashi’s objective 11 minutes later proved too little, too late as Sweden held agency below immense stoppage-time strain to progress.
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