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Sweden 2-0 Argentina: Swedes Secure Group Lead to Face USA in Last-16 Match

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Sweden vs Argentina Women's World Cup 2023

Having reached the semi-finals in five out of their last six significant tournaments, Sweden maintains their impressive performance.

In the Women’s World Cup, Sweden scored a third straight victory over Argentina, securing first place in Group G and setting up an exciting last-16 match against the USA.

Despite having a much better goal difference virtually confirming their top position, Sweden mixed up their lineup by making nine changes for the game in Hamilton. Although this led to slightly less cohesion compared to their first two matches, they still proved too strong for Argentina.

After a hard-fought first hour, Sweden’s superior skill came to light when Rebecka Blomqvist managed to get a solid shot in the box from a cross by Sofia Jakobsson.

Later, Elin Rubensson secured the win with a calmly executed late penalty after Blomqvist was fouled in the box during Argentina’s defense of a free-kick.

Argentina bows out of the tournament as the bottom of the group with a single point.

Despite a strong fight, they were unable to break through the Swedish defense, falling short of what could have been a landmark achievement at the World Cup finals: their first-ever victory and qualification for the knockout stages.

South Africa also advances to the last 16 following their thrilling 3-2 victory against Italy in Wellington.

Real-time commentary of Argentina v Sweden in Group G of the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup
Sweden Prepares for a Major Challenge

After a run to the semi-finals in the 2022 European Championship, which was plagued by injuries and COVID-19, Sweden shows a clear determination to go even further in this World Cup.

Used to deep runs in significant tournaments, with semi-final appearances in five of their last six, and carrying recent near misses as additional motivation, they look eager to improve – their disappointing loss in the penalty shootout in the Tokyo Olympics final being a significant motivator.

Having initially dominated South Africa and then scoring five against Italy, Peter Gerhardsson showcased the depth of his team and their high spirits by making broad changes while maintaining structure and cohesion.

Argentina offered a tough challenge, pressuring the third-ranked team globally with aggressive play, but their efforts failed to significantly trouble Swedish goalkeeper Jennifer Falk.

Argentinian coach German Portanova’s squad suffered further with the loss of Real Madrid midfielder Florencia Bonsegundo, who was stretchered off the field after a first-half injury.

Sweden had their difficulties creating opportunities for over an hour, but when their chance came, they seized it. Blomqvist, unmarked, headed in a cross from Jakobsson. Later, she was fouled in the box by Gabriela Chavez during a free-kick, resulting in a penalty. Rubensson executed the penalty with precision, solidifying the victory.

Sweden will need to tap into such skills and more in their upcoming match in Melbourne on Sunday against the four-time champions and current title holders, USA, in the first knockout round.

Although the American team hasn’t been at their best in this tournament, their squad is loaded with talent and they have demonstrated their winning pedigree in the past two World Cups.

The match-up between USA and Sweden is the sixth successive World Cup meeting and the seventh time overall, tracing back to their first game at FIFA’s inaugural edition in China in 1991.

In previous World Cup meetings and out of the 42 games played overall, the Americans have had the upper hand, winning four World Cup matches and 23 games in total.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sweden vs Argentina Women’s World Cup 2023

Who won the Women’s World Cup match between Sweden and Argentina?

Sweden won the match against Argentina with a score of 2-0.

Which group did Sweden top in the Women’s World Cup?

Sweden topped Group G in the Women’s World Cup.

Who scored for Sweden in the match against Argentina?

Rebecka Blomqvist and Elin Rubensson scored for Sweden in their match against Argentina.

Who will Sweden face in the last-16 match?

Sweden will face the USA in the last-16 match of the Women’s World Cup.

Did Argentina progress to the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup?

No, Argentina did not progress to the knockout stages. They finished bottom of the group with one point.

How did South Africa fare in the Women’s World Cup?

South Africa progressed to the last 16 after winning a dramatic game against Italy, 3-2.

Where will the last-16 match between Sweden and the USA take place?

The last-16 match between Sweden and the USA will take place in Melbourne.

Who is the coach of Sweden’s Women’s World Cup team?

Peter Gerhardsson is the coach of Sweden’s Women’s World Cup team.

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SportzFanatic August 2, 2023 - 4:28 pm

USA vs Sweden, what a matchup! its gonna be a nail-biter for sure. Go USA!

FifaFan_2030 August 2, 2023 - 10:59 pm

This World cup is on fire! Every game is like a thriller movie. My money’s on Sweden for the next one against USA.

MadForFutbol August 3, 2023 - 3:50 am

it’s a pity Argentina couldn’t make it further, but they were up against a tough team. Hope to see them back stronger next time!

GoBlue75 August 3, 2023 - 5:00 am

Argentina really tried but Sweden was just too strong. Rubensson and Blomqvist – top class, i say.

SoccerLover101 August 3, 2023 - 6:19 am

Unbelievable performance from Sweden! they really came out swinging. Can’t wait to see them take on USA. Gonna be a cracker, I bet.

EagleEye34 August 3, 2023 - 7:46 am

Impressed by Sweden’s performance, considering they made 9 changes! Gerhardsson is doing something right, good luck to them against the USA.

Daisy22 August 3, 2023 - 11:27 am

Poor Argentina, but sweden showed their class. looking forward to their game with USA.


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