Sweden!? Is That You!?
WHAT!? WTF!? IS THIS EVEN REAL!? UNBELIEVABLE! SWEDEN HAS BROKEN THE GERMAN WALL! SWEDEN... IT'S ON ITS WAY TO THE SEMIFINALS!
Yep, that's right! We are not gonna lie here: I lost all my money! I really thought Germany was making it into the semifinals of this 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, but, Sweden was like: "Nop! We're here to change that, b****!" All that money... LOST! GOD DAMN IT, SWEDEN! Anyways, let's focus on what really matters and not in my stupid fictional bets: The great escape Sweden pulled off, coming out victorious by two goals to one over the Germans.
Both teams were facing off for the 5th time at a World Cup, with three of the previous four being on the knockout stage. The Germans were clearly the favorites (That's why I bet on them) as they won their last two encounters against Sweden, including the Women's World Cup final in 2003. Yet, all of that didn't matter...
The match started off in great fashion for Germany as they got a quick lead on the 16th minute, thanks to a brilliant finish from Lina Magull. A fantastic first touch before an acrobatic finish that went through Sweden's keeper, Lindahl's, legs and into the bottom left corner. 1-0!
But, the Germans' happiness didn't last long as they saw how Sofia Jakobsson tied the game just a few minutes after. Germany was dominating the match and possession, but their defense was crumbling, and that's exactly what Sweden used to their benefit: Jakobsson, very smartly, anticipated an error, by German defender, Hegering, and made no mistake with a composed finish to beat Schult, who couldn't do anything but watch. 1-1!
From that point on, Sweden started to grow in confidence and had some chances; especially dangerous was Blackstenius, Almuth Schult, however, stepped up to the challenge to keep her side in the game.
The second half couldn't have started better: On the 48th minute, Sweden turned the game around, to make it 2-1. What a brilliant start to a second half by Sweden! The ball fell to Blacktenius after Schult had made a great save from Rolfo's header, and the striker didn't miss the opportunity to score and add another goal to her team's tally.
On the 79th minute, Jakobsson, once again, was close to scoring the third goal for Sweden: As she ran from the midfield into the area before skipping past her marker and unleashing a powerful low shot, which unfortunately went into Schult's way, who had no problem to save it.
VAR appeared again but didn't do any s***! IMPORTANT! I almost forgot about it: Oberdorf had a clear chance to tie the match and take it into extra time, after a bad goalkeeping mistake by Lindahl, but her headed shot went too wide. Blackstenius also had a chance for Sweden at the end, but her shot went too wide as well.
With this victory, Sweden are through to the semis of the Women's World Cup for the 4th time in their history, only Germany (5 times) and the USA (8!? HOLY S***!), have played in more. Germany will go home and wait for the next World Cup and see if there's more luck on that one I guess... My money, all my money gone!
Now, there's only 4 teams left: Sweden, the USA, The Netherlands, and England. Who will win the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup? Answer: The USA. My personal answer: The USA. Everyone's answer... (Do I really need to say?)