The English are amazing. Dominated for half an hour, they took over Sweden (4-0) and are playing their Euro final on Sunday.
After a difficult to control quarter-final against Spain (2-1 in extra time), England had a start to the match in line with that against La Roja a few days earlier.
In addition, the Swedes carried the danger on the goal of Earps after 16 seconds of play: Jakobsson, involved in depth, stumbled in 1 against 1 on the English goalkeeper.
Sweden dominates then goes out
The Nordics outrageously dominate the first half hour and the crossbar saved England on a header from Blackstenius (9th).
But on the host country’s first chance, Sweden cracked: Bronze delivered a first cross that was too long in the area and goalkeeper Mead chained control and a cross shot to open the scoring (34′).
Transfigured by this but against the course of the game, England would quickly sink their opponent, the 2nd nation in the world.
Bronze headed a corner at the far post and, hidden, Lindahl left too late to get the ball out (2-0, 48th).
Hemp created the bar from close on a center from Russo (57th) but Sweden did not avoid the third but English for all that, while Earps had just made a superb tap in front of Blackstenius (65th).
Russo’s stroke of genius
After a nice collective action, Kirby presented Russo in retirement. The first strike from the English midfielder was repelled by Lindahl but the Russian recovered and attempted a daring heel, which ended between the legs of the Swedish goalkeeper (3-0, 68th).
The score even became severe for Sweden when Kirby also went there, praise an uninspired Lindahl (77th).
Unstoppable despite a complicated start to the match, England validated what they had been aiming for since the start of the tournament, in front of a conquered public: a place for the final of their Euro on Sunday.
Whether it’s Germany or France opposite, the « Lionesses » will be the big favorites for the title.