Women's World Cup Round of 16, as it happened: Sweden sets up last-8 clash with Germany

Stina Blackstenius' second-half side ensured Sweden set up a quarterfinal clash with Germany. Here's how it all happened.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

This is Manasi Pathak and I will be taking you through our live coverage.

The action kicks off today at Parc des Princes in Paris, where Sweden takes on Canada in the round of 16.

Sweden (Group F) and Canada (Group E) both qualified as second-place finishers.

The Swedes and the Canucks were victorious in their first two group stage matches, but lost to USA and Netherlands respectively in their last group stage fixtures to finish second.

The winner of this match will face Germany in the quarterfinal. So let's get going!

 

 

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- That's all from my side, this is Manasi Pathak signing off. Thanks for being around, and see you soon.

- Sweden and Canada played a rather dull football in the first half but Sweden showed better character going forward in the second half. Blackstenius and Asllani, along with Jakobsson created chances in the midfield, and Blackstenius ensured the Swedes are through to the last-8!

FULL TIME: SWEDEN 1-0 CANADA - Stina Blackstenius has won it for Sweden! Sweden will face Germany in the quarterfinal.

90+9' The corner doesn't help Canada as all its attempts from the box were blocked or ricocheted off the Swedes. VAR is undergoing a check for a hand ball. NO PENALTY.

90+8' Leon sends the ball in and the delivery is cleared for a corner. Leon takes that too.

90+7' Freekick for Canada as Lawrence is brought down just outside the box, on the left side. Leon is stepping up for it.

90+6' Canada can't seem to hold on to the ball and Sweden seems hungry for a second. A minute remaining here.

90+4' BLOCKED! Sweden wins the ball from Canada and Jakobsson is in attack again. She fires down the right flank before finding Asllani charging towards the goal with her squared ball. However, Schmidt has her eyes on Asllani and does well to put in a timely tackle to avert the danger.

90+2' Sinclair has the ball and she finds Schmidt in the middle, however, Schmidt sends the shot over the bar. The Canada fans in the crowd are annoyed.

90' 7 minutes have been added on.

85' Jakobsson makes her way into the middle from the right wing and finds Asllani, who is brought down by Buchanan. Free-kick to Sweden. Asllani taps in the ball from the free-kick but Scott pulls off a goal-line clearance!

STADIUM ATTENDANCE: 38,078.

81' NO PENALTY, OFFSIDE! Lawrence brings down Rolfo in the box and the referee signals a penalty kick. VAR checks it and calls off the decision as Sweden was offside.

77' Sweden is slowing the pace of the game down now, just taking its time with any set pieces and throw-ins, to try and see the game out to full-time now.

STAT: Sweden has not kept a clean sheet in a knockout match at the Women’s World Cup since its 4-0 victory over Germany in a third-place playoff encounter in 1991 – it has conceded 17 goals in its nine such matches since.

 

66' PENALTY AWARDED TO CANADA....AND SAVED BY LINDAHL! Canada gets the penalty kick and Beckie steps up for it. SHE MISSES THE TARGET! Beckie goes for the bottom left corner but Lindahl spots it accurately and saves the shot, diving to her right! WOW. WHAT A SAVE! Sweden survives!

66' Scott's shot from inside the box has hit Asllani's hand in what looks like an intentional hand ball incident from the Swede. She gave the assist for Sweden's goal - will she be found guilty of gifting a penalty to Canada now? VAR CHECK IS ON.

62' CLOSE! Sweden is now looking much more confident since the goal - Rolfo pulls off a powerful long range effort from the edge of the penalty area. It goes just wide of Labbe's goal!

 

55' GOAL! SWEDEN 1-0 CANADA. THE DEADLOCK IS BROKEN! Blackstenius draws the first blood for Sweden on a quick counter- Asllani plays the ball from the left wing and sends it forward for an onrushing Blackstenius inside the box. Blackstenius beats the Canada centre-back and custodian as she finds the net.

53' From several yards away from the box, Sinclair takes the free-kick who goes wide of goal.

52' Sinclair, from the left, sends the ball for Beckie in the middle, who makes space for herself before taking a shot. Asllani's tackle brings her down and that's a free-kick for Canada.

50' Chapman blocks Jakobsson yet again on the right flank and the ball goes out for a corner. From the set piece, Jakobsson sends the ball which- Labbe fails to collect it but neither do the Swedes connect with it.

46' Second half begins.

 

HALF TIME: SWEDEN 0-0 CANADA - It's been a rather slow, boring match so far with neither team coming close to scoring. Second half awaits.

43' Not much is happening at the Parc des Princes, both teams seem happy to let the game run out to half-time now. Still no saves for either keeper to make.

35' Sweden wins a corner and Eriksson steps up for the set-piece. She sends the ball in, which sees Labbe come off the line to block the shot.

33' GREAT DEFENDING! Chapman chases down an onrushing Jakobsson, who is attacking on the counter. Chapman puts in a solid tackle just before Jakobsson could whip in a cross.

30' Good run down the right by Prince! The winger gets into a really good position and has two team-mates to aim at in the box, but her cross is poor and it misses her team-mates and Sweden clears the danger.

29' Prince, on the right wing, gets the ball from the midfield and she tries to send a lobbed ball into the box which is easily cleared by the Swedish defence.

 

24' As Canada wins the ball, Sinclair from the middle tries to find Lawrence on the right flank but her cross is bit too heavy and Lawrence cannot chase it.

22'  Good chance! The ball drops nicely for Fleming just inside the Sweden penalty area after some good build-up play by Canada, but the striker powers the ball high over the crossbar on the volley.

18'  Decent effort! Sweden with the first shot at goal, but Jakobsson drags the ball well wide of the Canada goal from the edge of the penalty area.

13' Still no chances for either team, but Canada looks more dangerous going forward with Beckie starting to stretch the Sweden defence. Sinclair drops deep and plays a lovely ball through to her team-mate, who wins a corner after her cross is blocked.

7' First corner of the match goes to Canada. Beckie steps up for it, she sends the ball across the face of the goal - Lindahl fails to punch it but captain Seger heads it away.

1' KICKOFF! Here we go.

- The players are marching on to the field as we get ready for the national anthems.

READ | Canada up against familiar foe Sweden

- While Canada has progressed to the last-eight on two occasions - beating China 1-0 in the 2003 quarterfinal and Switzerland 1-0 in the last-16 in 2015 - it has struggled against European oppositions. In its 13 previous meetings with European nations, Canada has lost 11 matches, drawing one and sealing just one.

 

- Apart from this, the two sides have also met in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Algarve Cup, international friendlies, and the Summer Olympics - in the last seven years.

-  Sweden and Canada have faced each other once in the World Cup during the 2003 semifinal, with the European side emerging victorious- before losing to Germany in the final.

-  Sweden has made five changes to its starting XI that lost 2-0 to the United States, with Glas, Eriksson and Fischer all coming back into the defence, with Rubensson and Rolfo also coming into the team. Meanwhile there is just one change for Canada, with Prince replacing Huitema.

TEAM NEWS

 

CANADA (4-4-2): Stephanie Labbe; Ashley Lawrence, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky, Allysha Chapman; Nichelle Prince, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, Janine Beckie; Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair.

SUBS: Kailen Sheridan, Rebecca Quinn, Julia Grosso, Adriana Leon, Jordyn Huitema, Deanne Rose, Shannon Woeller, Sabrina D'Angelo, Jayde Riviere, Lindsay Agnew, Gabrielle Carle, Jenna Hellstrom.

SWEDEN (4-2-3-1): Hedvig Lindahl; Hanna Glas, Nilla Fischer, Linda Sembrant, Magdalena Eriksson; Elin Rubensson, Caroline Seger; Sofia Jakobsson, Kosovare Asllani, Fridolina Rolfo; Stina Blackstenius.

SUBS: Zecira Musovic, Anna Anvegard, Julia Zigiotti Olme, Lina Hurtig, Julia Roddar, Jonna Andersson, Mimmi Larsson, Jennifer Falk, Amanda Ilestedt, Nathalie Bjorn, Madelen Janogy, Olivia Schough.