in Austria on Sunday was the last chance for players to show up in landslagströjan before the world CUP tryouts. So what did head coach Peter Gerhardsson see?
Probably not exactly what he wanted, at least not in the first half.
Sweden, which had big problems with anfallsspelet against Germany at the home of Friends arena, did not succeed, nor against Austria to get to the offensive his passing game. There were far too many sloppy bolltapp and bad end to even create a decent scoring opportunity in the first half. Instead, it was Austria, who are not qualified for the world CUP but made a strong EM 2017 (out in the semis), who had the best and most modes.
came the first shot on goal when Anna Anvegård got a location but shot straight at the goalkeeper. After it was Sweden better, and shortly thereafter pulled Nilla Fischer off a långboll that Sofia Jakobsson had first. The austrian goalkeeper was out and tried to break but the ball went to the end, via a motlägg with an austrian defenders, into the goal and led 1-0 for Sweden.
Sofia Jakobsson, who celebrated 100 games was one of the most dangerous threats ahead, and in the first half, one of the few glimmers of hope in the interaction with Kosovare Asllani.
In many moments it felt a lot like a försäsongsmatch, and certainly it is so that many of the Swedish players, those who play in the premier division clubs, not in season yet. But despite the many changes from the Gerhardssons hold in the second half of the Swedish game better and better. Madelen Janogy had a ball in the post, a shot over and a at the goalie after the strong action in the penalty area.
another ball in the net, Nathalie Björn pulled off a hard, low and well-placed shot in the final minutes to the 2-0.
the Multi-player feels a given in a world CUP squad was missing in the match; Stina Blackstenius and Mimmi Larsson was sick while Fridolina Rolfö and Elin Rubensson had any sensations in a what.