Having safely navigated their way through the tournament as far as the semi-final stage, Sweden are now the clear favourites to go all the way and claim the trophy as their own at home.
The Swedes have amassed an impressive tally of 13 goals so far throughout their campaign – more than any other side – and have vanquished the likes of Finland, Italy and Iceland along the way and so they certainly won’t fear anybody coming into the final couple of matches.
With Italy and France now out of the picture, Sweden are set to play Germany in the semi-final. And, with the Germans having already been beaten once by Norway during the Group stages, Sweden will certainly feel more than capable of knocking a few goals past their ‘keeper, Nadine Angerer.
Before last night, Pia Sundhage’s charges would have viewed the French as their biggest threat, as before their penalty-shootout defeat at the hands of Denmark last night, they too had gone on an impressive three match unbeaten streak.
However, a lack of clinical finishing from Gaëtane Thiney and company meant that Denmark were good enough to hold out for extra-time and penalties. Les Bleus will be incredibly disappointed to exit so tamely having performed so capably up until now.
On the other hand, the hosts, Sweden, will be delighted at the prospect of playing either Denmark or Norway in the final, despite having been held to a draw by the Danes in their opening match of the tournament.
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