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LIVE — UEL second legs will determine possible Wolves opponents

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Wolverhampton Wanderers will find out its first Europa League opponent on Friday, and the field will be winnowed with a bevy of second qualifying round second legs on Thursday.

[ LIVE: Europa League scores  ]

Malmo, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Rangers, Legia Warsaw, and Hajduk Split are the biggest names in play on Thursday, with only the Polish side failing to hold an advantage after the first leg.

American forward Romain Gall is in the mix for Malmo, though he’s been an unused sub of late for the Swedish powers. That could change today, with Malmo in Northern Ireland with a 7-0 advantage over Ballymena United.

You can follow the dozens of ties by clicking the link above.

USMNT’s Johannsson finds new home in Sweden

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Aron Johanssson looks to reclaim his career momentum not in Major League Soccer as rumored, but instead in Sweden.

The Icelandic-Alabamian striker was unveiled by Hammarby on Thursday, where he’ll soon have match fitness according to his new club.

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Johannsson, 28, stays in green, having played just 30 times for Werder Bremen since transferring from AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie.

Here’s Jesper Jansson, Hammarby’s director of football.

Aron belongs to the same category of players as Jiloan Hamad, Muamer Tankovic and Alexander Kacaniklic did when they came here, players who for various reasons are in need of some of a new start in their careers, and for that category of players, Hammarby is attractive as a club,” Jansson said. “Aron is a moving, offensive player who makes a lot of goals, and we are very happy to be able to tie him to us.”

The 19-times capped USMNT striker has four goals on his international resume, and was last seen as an unused sub in 2016 World Cup qualifying losses to Costa Rica and Mexico.

Hammarby finished fourth in the 2018 Allsvenskan but missed out on Europa League due to BK Hacken winning the Swedish Cup. The club is currently six points back of third place with a match-in-hand on AIK.

Also pictured is former Greuther Furth player Richard Magyar, who played with USMNT midfielder Julian Green last season in 2.Bundesliga.

Sweden holds off England comeback to claim third place (video)

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After suffering heartbreak at the hands of the Netherlands in the semifinals, Sweden finished their run at the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 victory over England in the third-place game in Nice, France, on Saturday.

[ PREVIEW: USWNT faces Netherlands in World Cup final ]

Sweden jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before England appeared to realize they were facing an opponent who very badly wanted to finish third. By that time, Sweden had hunkered down and it was too late.

Kosovare Asllani opened the scoring in the 11th minute after Alex Greenwood failed to clear the ball in the box and touched it to no one near the penalty spot. Asllani hit her shot hard and low, with just enough pace to power through the outstretched hands of Carly Telford.

Sofia Jakobsson doubled the Swedes’ lead barely 10 minutes later, and this was the moment it became crystal clear that England were not yet up to full speed. Stina Blackstenius played simple ball to Jakobsson in acres of space down the left side of England’s penalty area. No one made an attempt to close her down, so she waltzed into the box before unleashing a screamer toward the far post.

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Once England awoke, they were quickly back in the game. Fran Kirby scored a spectacular solo goal in the 31st minute, weaving in and out and back in to set up an effortless finish, to cut the Three Lionesses’ deficit in half.

The comeback appeared complete just five minutes later, when Ellen White put the ball in the back of the net for the seventh eighth time, only to have her goal wiped off the board for the second time in as many games. She was deemed to have gained an advantage by touching the ball with her forearm during the build-up.

Nilla Fischer saved the day for Sweden with a last-gasp goal-line clearance in the 90th minute. Lucy Bronze had a look from close range, but Fischer put her body — and her head — on the line to preserve her side’s lead and help Sweden over the finish line.

WATCH LIVE: England v. Sweden, World Cup third-place game

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It’s the game in which neither side wished to be when the semifinals kicked off earlier this week, but it’s the cold, harsh reality of the 2019 Womens World Cup for England and Sweden.

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With the final 24 hours away on Sunday, England and Sweden are set to battle in the third-place game — A.K.A., where Golden Boots are won — on Saturday (11 a.m. ET) in Nice, France. England lost to the USWNT on Tuesday, a day before Sweden fell at the hands of the Netherlands.

England’s Ellen White sits level with Alex Morgan (six goals each) in the race for the Golden Boot. White, who’s in the lineup for the Three Lionesses, will be gunning for one or two more goals in this one; if Sweden aren’t all the way up for the exercise that is the third-place game, the opportunity to snatch the trophy away from Morgan will surely present itself.


Click on the link above to watch the game live online or via the NBC Sports App in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes.

Netherlands edge Sweden, advance to World Cup final

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The U.S. Women’s National Team avoided a rematch against Sweden, and it’s thanks to the hard work by the Netherlands midfielders and attackers.

Jackie Groenen’s 99th minute goal proved to be the difference as the Netherlands defeated Sweden, 1-0 after extra time in the semifinals, advancing to Sunday’s final against the USWNT. It had been a stalemate for most of the match, with Sweden soaking up pressure and the Netherlands struggling to break down the Swedish defensive and midfield blocks in front of them.

[ MORE: USWNT triumphs over England ]

It was a tight, cagey match from the start and neither team played up to their potentials. It seemed as if both teams tried their best to play the safe pass and not make the key mistake that would lead to a goal.

Despite the tension in the arena in Lyon, there was still plenty of action in both boxes. The Netherlands finished with 15 shots, four of them on target while Sweden had 11 shots and three on target.

Sweden had the better of the chances early on. Soaking up pressure from the Netherlands, Sweden unleashed Stina Blackstenius, but her strike from a tight angle was corralled in the 13th minute by Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Van Veenendaal made another save late on a close chance by Sweden’s Lina Hurtig, but there wasn’t much to separate the sides in the second half.

The Netherlands made a surprising halftime substitution, taking off star attacker Lieke Martens and bringing on super sub Jill Roord. Sweden would rue its luck in the 57th minute as Nilla Fischer picked up a loose ball in the box and unleashed a drive that pinged off the post.

The Netherlands soon after grew into the game and forced Hedvig Lindahl into a couple of fingertip saves, keeping Sweden alive.

Finally, in extra time, Groenen found a yard of space at the edge of the area and lashed home a strike into the far post to put the Netherlands on top, before holding on late to see the game through.

Its the Netherlands first World Cup final and follows a strong qualifying campaign as well as winning the 2017 European Championship.