60 minutes: Sweden is not over. Rolfo finds Blackstenius on the run, who takes a left foot shot at full stop from Morais. Glas then steps forward and delivers a deep cross to Rolfo who heads over.
59 minutes: Now Portugal shakes up the pack: Borges for Dolores Silva, Nazareth for Faria.
58 minutes: Meanwhile, it’s all happening at Bramall Lane. Read all about it:
55 minutes: Two changes for Sweden: Andersson makes way for Sembrant, Kaneryd for Schough.
The captain, the best player on the park today, steps up and plants the ball into the bottom-right corner. Morais goes the right way, and goes fast, but the placement is very good. And that’s it.
It seems innocent, but the referee saw a handball from Diana Gomes as the ball was charged to her from point blank range. Oh dear.
50 minutes: Blackstenius, playing right on the wing, latches on to a clever ball from Andersson and heads past Gomes, now one on one with Morais. The defender comes out early, gets big, and does well to turn the shot around the post.
48 minutes: Rolfo finds himself in all sorts of space on the edge of the box but, almost in disbelief at how much time he has, slips a simple ball to Blackstenius, who miscontrols.
46 minutes: Norton ties up Angeldal in midfield and Sweden moves the ball to the right, where Glas never hesitates to push forward. But Borges perseveres and eventually wins the toss.
And we will be back on the road again here, where Portugal needs a second-half performance of its life. From the point of view of it, there is no change for both parties.
Here’s what’s going on in the other Group C match, where there is no Japanese bit of VAR:
52 minutes: Peep peep. Half-time. Game over?
Marchão misjudges the pass, latching on to the ball to keep Kaneryd clear – but Morais is quickly off his line to make a one-on-one save. But then, another set piece, another goal: this time Andersson puts the ball right under the crossbar, inviting Morais to come and claim it. But the keeper – perhaps her mistake for the first goal playing on her mind – sticks to her line with determination and the ball curls past Carole Costa’s head into the net, with little error of her own.
48 minutes: Sweden attack on the left, Bjorn puts a deep cross into the half-cleared box. The ball falls to the brilliant Asllani, who has a goal from 10 yards, but fires a weak shot over the bar.
46 minutes: Portugal once again came back from two goals down in this tournament, saving a draw against Switzerland. This time they will have to do one better, and against the second best team in the world. Boa sorte
44 minutes: Some showmanship from Asllani in the corner elicits a revenge hack from Jessica Silva. Asllani shapes the free-kick into a crowded box, but pulls it back to the edge of the box where Angeldal is waiting and calmly heads the ball home.
43 minutes: A superb back-end from Asllani on the edge of the box splits the Portuguese defense to send Blackstenius clear. The player curled his shot into the top corner … but it was offside from a yard out. That would be an honorable goal.
40 minutes: Nazareth finds room in a crowded box before Jessica Silva is picked out wide on the right, and the forward taps her namesake into the penalty area. Diana Silva goes for the volley for the first time, but it’s a difficult height and she doesn’t get it right.
37 minutes: Blackstenius and Asllani play a nice one-two on the right, the former runs into the box and loses his balance at the crucial moment.
35 minutes: Sweden spring a break as Kaneryd passes to Gomes and passes to Blackstenius before the attackers are finally crowded out. Glas then gets forward from right back to curl in a deep cross that the Portuguese curls clear. Sweden is now finding its rhythm.
33 minutes: Amado goes under a late challenge from Rytting Kaneryd, who plants his legs on the right back foot. After significant medical attention, she is withdrawn to be replaced by Joana Marchão.
29 minutes: Angeldal whips in a cross from the right, it’s cleared behind Gomes, and the resulting corner is a carbon copy of the one that led to the goal – Ansersson flicks it in and Morais’ shot doesn’t clear the box – but this time the ball lands in a Portugal shirt.
25 minutes: Frustration rears its head for Portugal, who certainly don’t deserve to be left behind, as Borges pulls out Rytting Kaneryd with a cynical slide header.
21 minutes: Sweden win a corner as Asllani moves to the byline and picks out Bjorn, whose chipped shot hits a defender and goes behind. Andersson’s curling cross draws Morais, but the keeper doesn’t get far enough with it, and it drops to the feet of Angeldal, who taps home from eight yards.
18 minutes: Norton spreads the play to Borges, whose clever early ball sees Diana Silva pull away to the left of the penalty area. He looks for Nazareth in the box but Eriksson steps over to give the ball back. Lindahl curls in the resulting corner and the ball falls to the feet of Costa, who turns the ball across the face of the goal – and goes out to score.
16 minutes: Andersson comes forward from left-back and plays a smart one-two with Blackstenius. He pulls the cross but Morais quickly goes down to choke.
13 minutes: Portugal do well to stay on the front foot, Jessica Silva does well to provide an outlet for her side and keep the press out of possession. The Swede looks to beat Blackstenius but Pinto is in position to follow.
10 minutes: Jessica Silva, lightning fast, picks up the ball on the right and Andersson is tested for a pass. The left-back gets up to duty but takes a hit while racing and remains down, though it looks like he’ll be fine.
7 minutes: Morais, a newcomer in goal for Portugal, aims to play it from the back but is not particularly comfortable with that so far. Here he gives the brief to Costa, who, imprisoned, again plays his guardian, who clears it in a panic. Watch this space.
4 minutes: Asllani vs Borges – both wearing the No9 – is shaping up to be a good battle. This time the midfielder picks up the ball only to be brought down by a hard early challenge from the full back.
1 min: And we left. A quick exchange between Costa and Morais gives the ball to Asllani, who ends up in the box, ready to pull the trigger, when Borges comes out of nowhere to save the day. Borges wants a penalty but it was a big mistake. The Portuguese come back at the other end and Pinto gets out of line but it takes practice for Lindahl.
The team is out, the hymns are held, and the beginning awaits. On the other hand, Sweden’s captain Caroline Seger was injured today, Kosovare Asllani took the reins.
Not only can all four teams still qualify in this group, if Portugal and Switzerland win tonight, they could end up with the same number of points. In that case, teams can be separated by goal difference, goals scored and maybe even their disciplinary records.
Portugal, who need nothing less than victory, have thrown a punch with an ultra-aggressive line. Ana Borges, Andreia Norton, Jessica Silva, Francisca Nazareth and Diana Silva are all developers of some description or other. That’s a hell of a gamble, especially since their main strength of late has been their stout defense. Sweden have scored 33 goals in their last 10 games, so we can have some fun here.
Meanwhile, Sweden experienced defender Jonna Andersson brings on veteran Caroline Seger, and Johanna Kaneryd replaces Juventus forward Lina Hurtig, as she did off the bench against Switzerland. Barcelona’s Fridolina Rolfo and Arsenal’s Freya Blackstenius keep their places up front.
Portugal has prepared a proposal their second defender, Patricia Morais, and also made an important change outside: left-back Joana Marchão makes way for Francisca Nazareth, Benfica’s 19-year-old forward.
Sweden: Lindahl; Glas, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson; Angeldahl, Asllani, Björn; Kaneryd, Blackstenius, Fridolina Rolfö.
Portugal: Morais; Amado, Gomes, Costa; Borges, Pinto, Dolores Silva, Norton; Jessica Silva, Nazareth, Diana Silva
Group of death? Of course everyone involved is still fighting for their lives. With four high-quality matches and every team in the group eyeing a quarter-final place going into the final group game, it’s probably fair to say that Group C has the best Euro 2022 has to offer so far.
After pulling a pair of knives In the opening games, Sweden got the upper hand against tonight’s opponents with a hard-fought victory over Switzerland – sealed by a wonder goal from young substitute Hanna Bennison – while Portugal found themselves on the wrong end of a five-match thriller. goal against the Netherlands.
What’s mean? Basically, Sweden only need a draw to book a place in the quarter-finals; Portugal must win and hope the Netherlands – who top Group C – avoid defeat against Switzerland. And whoever finishes top of the group after the dust settles will have a potential semi-final with either England or Spain.
Sweden Peter Gerhardsson The sides are ranked second in the world and are tournament favorites for good reason: they are unbeaten since March 2020 – an impressive 32 games – and the last time these two sides met was in In February, the Swedes went 4-0. successful
Portugal is the only one in this tournament due to Russia’s late ban, but they will claim that they have earned enough of their place in a competitive campaign in which they have conceded just two goals. They are certainly not ready to surrender the chance of a place in the last eight. As livewire striker Diana Silva said on Wednesday, after scoring one of her side’s goals and setting up another: “Playing like we did, the choice is still possible.”
Kick-off 17:00 BST.