Sweden wants to win the Women's World Cup - Gerhardsson

Peter Gerhardsson says Sweden only has eyes for the Women's World Cup trophy after booking a last-four spot with a 2-1 win over Germany.

Sofia Jakobsson of Sweden (10) celebrates with head coach Peter Gerhardsson after scoring her team's first goal against Germany in a Women's World Cup 2019 quarterfinal match.   -  Getty Images

Sweden is not content with reaching the semifinals of the Women's World Cup and is focused on winning the tournament, according to head coach Peter Gerhardsson.

Stina Blackstenius struck the decisive goal as Sweden came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and set up a last-four clash against Netherlands next Wednesday.

Sofia Jakobsson had earlier cancelled out Lina Magull's opener as Gerhardsson's side secured its first win against Germany at a major tournament since 1995. The win also guarantees Sweden a spot in the football competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and Gerhardsson believes the lifting of that pressure can free his side up to go all the way in France.

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"We've talked about the possibilities here to go far and win every game," he told a media conference.

"A good sign is that we’ve now qualified for the Olympics, which was hanging over our heads for a while. Now we don’t have to worry about it.


"There’s not a single part of us that's content. We’re going to go for it."

Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was impressed by her side's desire to claw its way back into the game and believes it is destined for a bright future.

"We are, of course, disappointed and it will be with us for a few more days," she said. "The willingness to keep on fighting and always pushing was great, and we showed a lot of passion today. This is something we have to go through as a team.

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"We will now face new challenges and new processes. We will stick together, even in defeat. It’s just the initial stage of the transformation. We have to process everything. We need a critical approach now, and that's something we’re always willing to do. This team has potential and a future and we will need the support that the team deserves.”

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