Sweden pounces on sloppy England to clinch third place at World Cup

Sunday, 07 Jul, 2019

Sweden beat England 2-1 on Saturday to win the third place in the Women's World Cup.

Sweden, captained by Caroline Seger making her 200th worldwide appearance, won the last meeting between the two nations 2-0 and began where they left off from that friendly in November. I've done everything to try and score the goal. England goalkeeper Carly Telford got a hand to Asllani's shot but was unable to keep it out.

And they doubled their advantage six minutes later when Jakobsson collected Stina Blackstenius' pass, was allowed to advance into the box and hit a fine strike past Telford.

But Phil Neville's side could not escape midway through the first half when Jakobsson's superb curling strike nestled into the back of the net following a neat build-up down the left.

But Bright insists the defeat against US will be in the thoughts against Sweden.

However, for the second game in a row White had a goal chalked out by VAR with a subsequent check by the officials ruling that she had handled the ball in the build-up to scoring.

The introduction of substitute Karen Carney - winning her 144th cap on her final appearance in football after an illustrious career - further invigorated England and her 78th minute burst down the left flank nearly saw White level.

"But we have to move on and I still have a role to play by supporting the team, training hard and being a motivator as the team chases a second consecutive World Cup bronze medal".

"We've given everything and part of me is glad we haven't won it", she said. It has been a privilege to work with her over the past 18 months, but even more special has been the chance to get to know someone who is an incredible person and a special teammate.

"I've probably known for quite a while now", Carney said.

"We showed our resilience and a lot of character after those goals and in the second half. I got another knock but everything is worth it right now".

"It was a odd game".

"I don't think there's anything more I could physically or mentally give and I don't have any regrets with how that has happened. There were several leaders out on the pitch who contributed to players who were not as experienced".

The Lionesses take on the Swedes for bronze at Nice's Allianz Riviera four days after the dramatic 2-1 semi-final defeat against holders the United States in Lyon.

"Well done to Sweden but it is a nonsense game".

"I think maybe there was carry on from the semi-final - the emotion".

"I feel incredibly honored that in a short space of time I got to know one of our greatest players but more importantly what an unbelievable person and that makes me a lucky, lucky manager", Neville said.