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Sofia Jakobsson grabs a goal and an assist in Sweden’s 6 - 1 win over Austria

Jakobsson plays the full 90; Asllani doesn’t feature in Sweden’s friendly vs. Austria.

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Sweden traveled to Austria for a friendly. Real Madrid Femenino’s Sofia Jakobsson started for Sweden. Kosovare Asllani did not start because she joined the Swedish squad late due to her nose injury that she picked up in the match against Valencia.

Sweden had the majority of the ball and would end up having the most of the goals in the first half. But Austria looked much more comfortable playing through Sweden and defended compactly. The Austrians’ undoing was individual errors in possession and their inability to defend set-pieces, along side some great finishing from the Swedes.

Linda Sembrandt opened the scoring with a header off a corner kick. Austria equalized within five minutes with a corner of their own. Virginia Kirchberger made it 1-1.

In the 34th minute, Fridolina Rolfo won the ball in the final third, drove into the box, and finished neatly to restore the Swedish advantage. That advantage doubled when Lina Hurtig’s flicked header also found the back of the net.

Just before halftime, the Swedes made it 1-4. Filippa Angeldal won the ball back, ran by the defenders and scored. The goal was eerily similar to Sweden’s second goal.

Austria started the second half well. They had a few good spells of possession and put Sweden under pressure. But Sweden quickly responded with another goal to make it 1-5. Jakobsson ran on to a chipped pass, took one touch and squared for Rolfo, who redirected it into the goal. In the 69th minute, Nathalie Bjorn had her penalty attempt saved.

Jakobsson added a sixth goal in the 81st minute. She ran onto a through ball and finished calmly past the Austrian keeper.

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