Sweden 5-0 Portugal: Peter Gerhardsson’s side thrash Group C rivals to secure top spot and a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022
- Manchester City’s Filippa Angeldal scored the first two goals of the game
- Carole Costa headed into her own net before Kosovare Asllani made it four
- Stina Blackstenius added the fifth as Sweden produced a statement
Sweden drubbed Portugal 5-0 to top Group C ahead of the Netherlands on Sunday and advance to the quarter-finals of the women’s European Championship where they await the runner-up of Group D.
Sweden topped the group on goal difference after the Netherlands beat Switzerland 4-1 to join them on seven points.
The Scandinavian side needed just a draw to book their spot in the last-eight but they were ruthless when presented with opportunities to score, with the first four goals coming from set-pieces.
Sweden’s players celebrate following their victory over Portugal on Sunday afternoon
Filippa Angeldal scored twice in the opening half, first pouncing on a weak clearance from a corner to guide the ball into the net before the unmarked midfielder curled home a first-time effort from the edge of the box after a short free kick.
Goalkeeper Patricia Morais made a couple of decent saves to keep Portugal in the game but Sweden were relentless and another corner allowed defender Amanda Ilestedt to rise up and flick the ball home before halftime.
However, Ilestedt’s strike went down as an own goal off Carole Costa due to a deflection.
Sweden continued to dominate proceedings after the break and a penalty for a handball in the box allowed Kosovare Asllani to score from the spot past a diving Morais who guessed the right way.
Another effort from a free kick was ruled out by VAR for offside but Sweden finally scored from open play when Stina Blackstenius finished a flowing move in injury time by curling her shot into the top corner.
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