It was not enough to win all 3 Group C games of the Women’s World Cup without conceding a goal, and in the round of 16 they won 4 consecutive wins (14 points and 1 goal), including a 3-1 victory over Norway, and Japan seemed to repeat the 2011 Women’s World Cup championship myth of Germany. Women’s soccer has been hampered by Sweden.

The Swedish women’s national soccer team, led by coach Peter Gerhardsson, defeated Japan 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup held at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand at 4:30 pm (Korean time) on the 11th. , and advanced to the semifinals to meet Spain. 

Japan’s misfortune on the crossbar to PK

The Swedish players clearly showed through this game that it was no coincidence that they defeated the United States, considered the world’s best team in women’s soccer, by penalty shootout in the Round of 16. The concentration he showed at every critical juncture was tenacious enough that Japanese players couldn’t handle it. Sweden’s first goal at 31:07 in the first half symbolizes this.

A free kick ball from captain Kosovare Aslani threw confusion in front of Japan’s goal. Natalie Bjorn’s shot didn’t go in, but while there were several more opportunities for the second ball, the Swedish players rushed one step ahead. When Magdalena Eriksson pushed the ball and it landed on Japanese defender Saki Kumagai, Amanda Illestedt missed it and hit it with a right-footed volley. 

Seizing a valuable victory, Sweden ran away with one more goal through a penalty kick early in the second half, marking the crossroads to the semifinals. This time, it was a set-piece opportunity. In the 48th minute, when Sweden’s right corner kick came in, Fuka Nagano’s handball foul could not escape the VAR camera. Midfielder Philippa Angeldahl’s right-footed penalty kick was laid low at 50:16 and sucked into the left corner.

In the 74th minute, Japan, which cannot turn around, was awarded a penalty kick for a foul by Swedish substitute Madeleine Yanowi, but Rico Ueki’s right-footed kick hit the crossbar and suffered misfortune. Japan’s crossbar misfortune followed once more at 86:20. Aoba Fujino’s right-footed direct free kick hit the crossbar and was saved by Swedish goalkeeper Jessira Musovic’s super save.

Japan did not give up until the end and Honoka Hayashi scored a follow-up goal with her right foot at 86:52, but they could not equalize until the end of the 11th minute of extra time in the second half and had to swallow the division.메이저사이트

Now, Sweden will meet Spain at the same place at 5:00 pm on Liberation Day in our time for the right to advance to the final. Spain lost 0-4 to Japan in the group stage, but came up after beating Switzerland 5-1 in the round of 16 and the Netherlands, one of the favorites, 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

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