Football Finland, which fought in an exemplary manner, leaned against Sweden in the women’s World Cup qualifiers – “I am proud of the players and we are constantly developing”

Finland’s goal in the opening half was scored by Linda Sällström.


Finland the women’s national team played its most challenging qualifying match in recent years in Gothenburg against Sweden, one of the world’s best national teams. The almost full stadium, with 13,429 spectators, incited the Swedish team to attack Finland’s defense again and again in the second period. The tiring defense battle inevitably eventually turned into a defeat for Finland.

There are almost no mistakes to be made against a world-class team, and the two losing dueling led to two Finnish rebounds in the first and second periods. Finland played a good opening period and a good defensive battle until the second goal for Sweden.

Helmarit held on to the World Cup qualifier for almost 80 minutes until Lina Hurtig scored a 2-1 goal.

“It was disappointing. We played well. I am proud of the players and we are constantly evolving. A lot of positive things can be taken from this, ”Finland’s head coach Anna Signeul said.

Finland has also been able to challenge Sweden in a ball game.

Signeul had to make two changes to its usual opening lineup when Adelina Engman and Tuija Hyyrynen were not available. Elli Pikkujämsä replaced Hyyrysen and started as the left pack, and Emma Koivisto moved to Hyyrysen as the real defender. Engman was replaced Essi Sainio, which started on the left side of midfield.

Four key players were missing from Sweden’s opening line-up, so Sweden gave leveling to Finland. Nevertheless, the difference in the level of the teams was clear, and Sweden confidently took control of the game from the start.

In Sweden There were three attacks in the first ten minutes that Finland was still able to repel. In the fourth, a fatal mistake was made for Finland’s defense. Elli Pikkujämsä lost the duel on the edge, and then space opened Fridolina Rolfölle, who got the smartest goalkeeper in Finland Tinja-Riikka Korpela with.

Rolfö got a bit lucky Emmi Alasen through the foot and was able to lift the ball quite easily past Korpela and Finland. It had been just over ten minutes since Sweden took the lead.

Except for a small mistake, Pikkujämsä played well on the left side, which is certainly not the most familiar place for him.

Immediately after the goal, the entire Finnish team, led by Captain Korpela, gathered in the ring to discuss what had happened. Two minutes later, Finland’s defense was broken again with a pass. Lina Hurtig was able to shoot, but this time Korpela’s foot defenses saved Finland from the second setback.

During the next minutes, Korpela snatched the ball a couple more times and took Finland into the game.

Some kind The turning point came in the 22th minute as the Finnish midfielder Eveliina Summanen received a blow Amanda Ilestedtin from the elbow. The Finnish doctor performed the necessary tests on Summanen, and in the meantime the head coach Signeul gave instructions to the Finnish players. After that, Sweden lost some of its grip.

Given a free kick in a difficult position after 28 minutes, Suomi did not go for a direct shot but instead aimed for the area just in front of the keeper. Alanen gave the ball To Natalia Kuikawho fed it Ria Ölingille. Öling ‘s vertical pass broke the Swedish line of defense, and Linda Sällström ran onto a great ball from Alejandro Villarreal, which beat the offside trap, the keeper came rushing out and the lob was attempted, but the lob didnt succeed. It was the 50th goal of Sällström’s national team career.

“I was hoping to celebrate the goal with points. I’m proud of the team. We did not make the game easy for Sweden, ”said Linda Sällström.

“The goal would have meant more if we had gotten points. Great frontier laundry, now for the rain. ”

Another At the beginning of the period, Finland did not want to get out of its own defense area at all. With the game still going on, the Swedish head coach sent the team one of the best players on the field. Carolina Segerin. At that time, the Swedish head coach had already used three exchanges, and the Finnish head coach Signeul still pledged his exchanges.

The second goal to make it 2 – 0 was scored by Lina Hurtig after 79 minutes, following an opportunistic counterattack down the middle by. Hurtig kept Finland’s right defender Emma Koivisto behind and guided the ball to the goal. After the finish, Signeul made his first substitution when Julia Tunturi came to Pikkujämsä. More exchanges came, but far too late.

During the extra time, Signeul seemed to want some kind of miracle while standing in the corner of the technical area. After the final whistle, he raised his eyebrows and shook the Swedish coach gesturing. Even a draw would have been a surprise, and Finland got pretty close to it.

In Finland there is a qualifying block size of six points out of four games. Sweden is leading the block with a clean game. The qualifiers will continue in April, and Finland has four more matches left. The group winner will advance to the World Championships and the second qualifier. The World Cup will be played in 2023.

Next summer, Finland will play in the European Championship final tournament.

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