Pia Sundhage’s hopes for a Women’s World Cup title now rest with Spain and France after a 1-1 draw with Australia on Tuesday in Edmonton.
Lisa De Vanna gave Australia an early lead and while Sofia Jakobsson gave Sweden an equalizer, Sundhage’s team couldn’t get the goal they needed to advance to the knockout rounds.
With the USWNT’s 1-0 win over Nigeria, Australia is the second place team from Group D and moves on to face Brazil on June 21 in Moncton, while Sweden currently sits as the third-best third-place finisher. Sweden needs France to lose to Mexico, or any number of Group E results (Costa Rica as a third place team with a 1-1 or 0-0 draw, or loss; Spain/South Korea drawing).
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The match was tense, with possession and chances close to even for most of the match, and goals setting the stage for the tension inside of 15 minutes.
Laura Alleway’s long ball turned out to be a true home run ball in the fifth minute, bounding over the top of a poorly positioned back line. De Vanna caught it in stride and slotted it past Hedvig Lindahl, who didn’t even try to stop it.
Jakobsson’s goal was probably one Lydia Williams should’ve had covered, as the Montpellier attacker waltzed across the top of the 18 before sending a low ball past a sprawling Williams. The keeper seemed to react late, and it was 1-1 in the 15th minute.