The Spanish girls’s workforce will face this Tuesday the penultimate step to play the ultimate of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, a really demanding step just like the one represented by Sweden, a rival that’s troublesome to attain a objective on this championship.
Thus, of the 4 survivors remaining on this World Cup, the Swedish workforce has been capable of go away a clear sheet in three of its 5 video games, and has solely conceded a objective from South Africa in its first sport (2-1 ) and by Japan within the quarterfinals (2-1). Two objectives that improve their defensive degree, similar to that of one other semifinalist, England, which has additionally conceded solely two objectives. Each have conceded one lower than Australia, which acquired all in the identical sport, the defeat in opposition to Nigeria within the group stage (2-3), however has not collected the ball from the underside of its objective within the different 4 video games, between them the final three.
In keeping with information offered by ‘Driblab’, Peter Gerhardsson’s workforce is the one which has made probably the most clearances of the 4 semifinalists (99) and the second in interception of photographs (47), to which is added the great functioning of their objective, particularly Zecira Musovic, starter in 4 of the 5 video games and solely substitute within the means of the group stage in opposition to Argentina, by which Jennifer Falk performed.
Between them, they’ve signed 20 saves and a share of 91 p.c, with the headline being key within the spherical of 16 match in opposition to the US and being the ultimate door to knock down a bodily protection and with two central defenders already confirmed and with Expertise like Magdalena Eriksson (29 years outdated), who this summer time has modified from Chelsea to Bayern, and Amanda Ilestedt (30).
On the wings, Jonna Andersson and Nathalie Bjorn may have a whole lot of work as a result of it’s one other of the areas the place the Spanish workforce assaults probably the most, though it’s most probably that they may obtain fixed assist from one of many midfielders there.
Additionally, to additional complicate issues for Spain’s offensive gear, Sweden tends to build up a whole lot of gamers within the center and it doesn’t look like they are going to be too aggressive in urgent up entrance both. On this World Cup, they’ve solely produced 36 ball steals within the final third, and in opposition to a workforce like the US that they had no downside ceding possession with simply 33 p.c.
From there, in assault it’s normally fairly vertical and direct, with solely 90 lateral facilities, a determine that’s nearly half of that signed by the Spanish workforce, which may be very dedicated to attacking from the perimeters. Sweden makes much less in comparison with Spain (2,301 passes –1,764 accomplished– in comparison with the three,558 of the Spanish –3,025–), however they’ve scored eleven objectives in 23 photographs on objective, proof of their good offensive effectiveness, for the 48 that Jorge Vilda’s workforce wanted to attain their 14 objectives.