Sweden hosted Latvia in a European Championship Qualifier on Thursday. The Swedes are fighting with Iceland for the top spot in their group. Because the Swedes play Iceland on Tuesday, they rotated their squad in preparation for the big match. Neither Sofia Jakobsson nor Kosavare Asllani were in the starting 11.
Jakobsson started on the bench but Asllani didn’t make the squad. Asllani posted on her Instagram Stories, “Unfortunately I will miss tonight’s game,” with a link to Sweden’s pre-match report. The report stated that Asllani picked up a mild muscle injury in her thigh.
Hopefully, Sweden is being overly precautionary and resting the number nine for the Swede’s penultimate match against Iceland.
Sweden did not have issues scoring without the two Real Madrid stars. Lina Hurtig opened the scoring only two minutes into the match. Ana Avengard added a second about eight minutes later.
The domination did not slow as the first half progressed. Sweden sliced open Latvia again in the 13th minute with Olivia Schough finishing the move. Magdalena Eriksson headed in a fourth off of a corner in the 27th minute and Pauline Hammarlund added a fifth at the end of the half.
In the second half, Sweden added two more goals through Hammarlund and Flippa Curmark. Jakobsson was subbed on in the 77th minute. She was dangerous down the right creating chaos for the Latvia defense but could not get on the scoresheet.