Sweden surprises Germany to round out World Cup semis

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The semifinal field is set at the 2019 Women’s World Cup after Sweden upset Germany, the no. 2-ranked team in the world, on Saturday to join the U.S. women’s national team, England and the Netherlands in Lyon, France, later this week.

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The fourth and final quarterfinal got out to a quick start, as both sides were on the board by the 22-minute mark. Lina Magull opened the scoring with a volley in the 16th minute, but the Germans were quickly knocked back by Sofia Jakobsson’s equalizer in the 22nd.

 

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After conceding zero goals in four games at the tournament, Germany’s defense picked the most inopportune time to slip up. Stina Blackstenius poked home a loose ball following a spectacular save in the 48th minute, but no one in a white shirt could get their body in front of Blackstenius’ follow-up effort.

Sweden, making its fourth appearance in the Women’s World Cup semifinals, will meet the Netherlands in the second semifinal, on Wednesday.