After a second-half exit by Hannah Bennison gave Sweden their first Euro 2022 win when they beat Switzerland 2-1 on Wednesday.
|Sweden W||2-1||Switzerland W|
Goals: Rolfo (53) – (1-0). Bachmann (55) – (1-1). Bennison (79) – (2-1).
Bennison’s decisive goal put Sweden in first place in Group C, while Switzerland remain without a win in the tournament after Portugal conceded a place in the first leg.
Sweden started well, but in the ninth minute of the game, Switzerland earned a penalty for a foul, but after consulting a fieldside monitor, the referee reversed their decision on the field.
Rolfo created problems for the Swiss and made a menacing cross that Kosovare Aslani couldn’t reach before she got her chance, but the shot was well blocked.
Bachmann had an opportunity half an hour into the game and ran into a fair amount of space, but Hedwig Lindahl easily deflected her shot at the near post.
Rolfo was close just after the break when her shot narrowly missed the top corner and shortly afterwards Stina Blackstenius went into a one-on-one with Gael Thalmann, but the goalkeeper saved the shot well.
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In the 53rd minute for Sweden, when Rolfo put them ahead by finding a spot on the left and putting the ball into the bottom left corner.
Switzerland reacted immediately to the restart as Sweden failed to clear the danger in the box and the ball found Bachmann on the edge of the penalty area, who fired into the top corner.
But Bennison’s strike in the 79th minute gave Sweden a precious victory as they applied a difficult technique to hit the ball outside the penalty area.
Sweden narrowly missed a third goal in the 87th minute when Rebecca Blomkvist hit the bottom corner, but the VAR goal was awarded for offside.
Sweden will end their Group C game against Portugal while Switzerland will face the Netherlands who need a win to keep their Euro 2022 chances alive. Both meetings are scheduled for July 17.