Sweden managed a fairly straightforward 2-0 victory over New Zealand to top Group G with three wins in three. That puts the Blue and Yellow 4 points ahead of the USWNT, who played out a 0-0 draw with Australia (both sides appeared openly content to play for that result very early into the second half).
Sweden went with a heavily rotated lineup, putting the likes of Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson on the bench while maintaining the 4-2-3-1 they’ve used all tournament.
Anna Anvegård scored the opener in the 17th minute off of a corner kick.
Anvegard goal, Schough assist pic.twitter.com/V0GkdnOCp5— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) July 27, 2021
Sweden sealed the deal at the half hour mark. Madelen Janogy converted off of the Hanna Bennison cross as Erin Nayler came off her line in futile fashion.
Janogy goal, Bennison assist pic.twitter.com/GkYsZEnZPi— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) July 27, 2021
It was cruise control from there for the Swedes. Asllani got a little cameo in the 85th minute, though there isn’t much to report on her performance.
This win completes an extremely impressive group stage run for Sweden, as they stunned the USWNT and now look to be the favorites to win the Olympics.