THE BALL – European Championship: Sweden

Regarding the four goals already scored by Portugal in this European Championship, all of them are divided by different players: Diana Gomes and Jéssica Silva scored against Switzerland; Carole Costa and Diana Silva won against the Netherlands.

In the National Team, and having as a point of comparison the game against the Netherlands, last Wednesday, we highlight the two changes promoted by Francisco Neto in the starting eleven: Inês Pereira and Joana Marchão leave, Patrícia Morais and Francisca Nazareth enter.

Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Hanna Glas, Amanda Ilestedt, Magdalena Eriksson, Jonna Andersson, Fillippa Angeldal, Kosovare Asllani ÇNathalie Bjorn, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Stina Blackstenius and Fridolina Rolfo

Substitutes: Jennifer Falk, Zecira Musovic, Linda Sembrant, Amanda Nilden, Emma Kullberg, Lina Hurtig, Sofia Jakobsson, Rebecka Blomqvist, Caroline Seger, Hanna Bennison, Olivia Schough and Elin Rubensson

Coach: Peter Gerhardsson

Portugal: Patrícia Morais, Catarina Amado, Diana Gomes, Carole Costa, Ana Borges, Tatiana Pinto, Dolores Silva ÇAndreia Norton, Francisca Nazareth, Diana Silva and Jessica Silva

Substitutes: Inês Pereira, Rute Costa, Alicia Correia, Sílvia Rebelo, Joana Marchão, Suzane Pires, Vanessa Marques, Fátima Pinto, Lúcia Alves, Carolina Mendes, Andreia Faria and Telma Encarnação

Coach: Francisco Neto

Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

Assistants: Elodie Coppola and Manuela Nicolosi (France)

4th Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

There are already teams!

These statements by Francisco Neto reflect well the Swedish power, since the Nordic group is, just and alone, number 2 in the FIFA ranking – which is led by the United States of America. However, and despite Sweden’s qualitative dimension, it is good not to forget that Portugal fought equally with the Netherlands, in the previous match of this European Championship, with the Netherlands currently occupying 4th place in the FIFA ranking. Everything is possible…

«As my friend Jorge Braz said, it is a very high mountain to climb, but we have that ambition and that courage to try to climb it. We’re going to play against one of the best teams in the world, with players who are very strong, who like to have the ball and press, and who are very aggressive in duels. We know that we have to prevent these kinds of situations. We reached the last game of the group stage depending only on us to move on to the next stage», stressed Francisco Neto, Portuguese national coach, in the preview of the match against Sweden.

Naturally, the match between Switzerland and the Netherlands will also be played at the same time as Sweden-Portugal, that is, with kick-off scheduled for 17:00.

The corners team reaches this last game of the group stage with 1 point added and still with chances of qualifying for the quarter finals. After the tie (2-2) against Switzerland, on the opening day, there was a defeat (2-3) against the Netherlands, on the 2nd day. Portugal is in 3rd place in Group C, with 1 point, as is Switzerland. The leadership is shared by the Netherlands and Sweden, both with 4 points, which is equivalent to saying that a Portuguese victory and a non-victory of Switzerland against the Netherlands automatically guarantee qualification to Francisco Neto’s team. In this mathematical scenario, it may be the case that all four teams in the group finish with 4 points – what will happen if Portugal defeats Sweden and if Switzerland beats the Netherlands. In this equation, the tie will be broken by the goal difference.

Portugal will face Sweden this afternoon (5 pm) at Leigh Sports Village (England) in a match for the 3rd round of Group C of the European Women’s Football Championship, which is taking place on British soil. BOLA online will tell you all about this duel. Come with us, dear reader. It’s part of our starting eleven…

Good evening!