Sweden kicked off their 2023 Women’s World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory over Slovakia.
Kosovare Asllani started on the bench, which didn’t prove to be much of a problem for Sweden in the early going. They dominated possession and forced Slovakia to defend deep and compact.
The Swedes found a breakthrough in the 10th minute through a Fridolina Rolfö finish.
Barcelona’s Rolfö was a menace over the course of ninety minutes and Slovakia resorted to foul play in order to stop her.
Rolfo getting her shirt pulled again (only way to stop her tbh) pic.twitter.com/kxbwY5fiTd— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) September 17, 2021
Asllani came on for Stina Blackstenius in the 68th minute and was instantly involved, seeking to put the game away with a decisive second goal. She was omnipresent between the lines and tried to force the issue on a number of occasions. Her best moment came in the 76th minute, when she played a quick-fire combination with Rolfö to get off a good box shot.
That through ball from Rolfo tho pic.twitter.com/YSvfbEj6pc— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) September 17, 2021
Asllani also had some wild passes that needs some cleaning up, but overall she had an extremely positive influence, signaling a strong rebound from COVID-19 and a readiness to get back in the Madrid eleven.
Sweden play next on September 21st against Georgia.