Hedvig Lindahl saved a second half penalty to preserve Sweden’s advantage in a 1-0 win over Canada in the Women’s World Cup Round of 16 on Monday.
Stina Blackstenius scored the game’s lone goal off a terrific 55th minute pass from Kosovare Asllani.
Sweden will meet Germany as part of a Saturday quarterfinal doubleheader.
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VAR awarded Canada its penalty after Desiree Scott’s blast from outside the 18 struck Asllani’s arm.
Janine Beckie went to her right, but Lindahl stretched to parry the torso-high drive.
It wasn’t a terrible penalty, rather a magnificent save. Still, the world was wondering why Christine Sinclair, two goals from matching Abby Wambach’s international record, didn’t go to the spot to do the business.
Perhaps the decision was made because Sinclair was saved and Beckie scored when Canada lost to Sweden in penalties during the Algarve Cup in March.
VAR then denied Sweden a chance from the spot. Ashley Lawrence committed a foul in the box, but the off-field officials spotted an offside in the build-up to keep Canada alive heading into the final stanza.