Sweden 5-0 Portugal: Swedes take top spot with record-equalling victory

Philippa Angeldal’s double helped Sweden reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 by beating Portugal 5-0 in the last game of Group C.

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An own goal by Carol Costa, a penalty from Kosovare Aslani and a late goal from Stina Blackstenius saw Sweden win in style to top their group, but they have to wait until Monday to find their play-off opponent and Iceland, Belgium and Italy can still win and get out of group D.

Women’s EURO 2022

Sweden (W) 5-0 Portugal (W)

Goals: F Angeldal (21′) – (1-0). F Angeldal (45′) – (2-0). C da Silva Costa (45+7′

Portugal also made changes and management recalled experienced goalkeeper Patricia Morais, who immediately jumped into the fray with a great save to deny Johanna Rütting Canerides.

The Costa player could have given Portugal the lead when she hit the end of Andrea Norton’s corner, but her half-half flew right in front of the net.

This could not contain the spirit of the large Swedish contingent, who were already jumping and were about to celebrate in a few minutes.

At the 21st minute, when Morais missed Jonna Andersson’s corner and her weak shot allowed Angeldal to hit the target from close range.

An upset victory for Portugal, who received a late call-up for this tournament, would have taken them to the first quarter-finals, but they were dealt another blow before half-time when Catarina Amado had to leave the field on a stretcher.

Ritting Canerid was cautioned for a tackle on top of Amado’s leg before Sweden failed to score a second goal due to an offside flag after Blackstenius finished well off Aslani’s exceptional strike.

A few minutes later, the team was able to breathe a sigh of relief thanks to another standard.

Aslani fired a free-kick close to the endline and cut to Angeldal, who delivered a great shot into the corner.

With seven minutes added due to Amado’s injury, Sweden were on a roll and caused even more problems for Portugal before the half-time whistle.

Andersson’s corner this time hit the near post, and Costa, under pressure from Amanda Ilestedt, was able to break through only her goalkeeper.

Diana Silva scored another for Sweden shortly after the break when she crossed the ball to give Aslani a chance to score from the penalty spot and the striker calmly scored her penalty to make it 4-0.

Blackstenius warns other opponents in the process when she scores in stoppage time with a superb shot from outside the box into the top corner.

This gave Sweden a crushing win that saw them top Group C after defending champions the Netherlands were able to beat Switzerland 4-1.

What’s next?

Sweden will be waiting to face Iceland, Belgium or Italy in the third quarter-final on Friday.

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