Women's World Cup 2023: Australia and Sweden will fight for bronze | Previous
Swedeneliminated by Spain in the Semifinals, and the hostess Australiawho lost to England, will play the duel for the Third place in the 2023 Women's World Cup This Saturday at 02:00 in the morning, Central Mexico time, at the Brisbane Stadium.
It was not enough for the Australian National Team in the Semifinals with the return of sam kerr to ownership, after the injury that kept her off the pitch during the Group Phase of the World Cup.
Although the striker was capable of creating dangerous chances and managed to bring verticality and speed to the attack of 'Las Matildas', the current European champions prevailed over the co-hosts and ended the Australian dream.
It is true that, for this match, Sam Kerr aims to start again and Sweden must take into account this profile that will surely generate great danger in the Nordic area.
The Australian coach, Tony Gustavson, will have to continue dealing with the loss of defense Alanna Kennedy, who also failed to face England.
As confirmed by the federation, the player suffers a concussion that will not allow her to play the last game of the World Cup.
Kennedy has been ruled out after subsequently exhibiting symptoms of delayed concussion stemming from Australia's quarter-final win over France.
'The Matildas' will play for the first time in their history the duel for third place in a World Cup, in a game that Gustavsson called “special” since it is Swedish.
I have a lot of very good friends on that team, both players and coaches. Each team will do everything possible to win the game.
“These (Australian) players don't shy away from contact and neither do Sweden. It will be a physical battle for sure”, said the coach.
For its part, Sweden, the third best team in the world according to the FIFA ranking, was eliminated by Spain in the semifinal match.
His power from set pieces is one of the weapons of this team, since many of his goals have been after a free kick or a corner in his favor. In fact, the center Amanda Ilestedtwith four goals, is currently the top scorer for the national team with 4 goals, while the great vision of the game of Sofia Jakobsson make her the ultimate assistant.
With tall players and power in the shot, the Swedes will keep their strategy safe in order for it to work again against Australia and thus achieve bronze.
It will be the fourth time that both teams meet in a women's World Cup. In the previous three, Sweden achieved 2 victories and the other duel ended in a draw.
In fact, Australia has only beaten Sweden once in its history, and it was in an international friendly match prior to the World Cup, in which 'The Matildas' thrashed the Nordics 4-0.
World Third Place 2023
Australia – Sweden
Stadium: Brisbane Stadium
Headquarters: Brisbane, Australia
Referee: Cheryl Foster (UK)
DT: Peter Gerhardsson
DT: Tony Gustavsson
(With information from EFE)
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