Sweden 1-0 Belgium: Linda Sembrant hits dramatic 92nd-minute winner

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Sweden will want an “extraordinarily good plan” once they face hosts England within the Euro 2022 semi-finals, says supervisor Peter Gerhardsson.

Linda Sembrant scored a dramatic 92nd-minute winner to interrupt Belgium’s hearts and guide a semi-final date with the Lionesses at a sold-out Bramall Lane in Sheffield subsequent Tuesday.

“Will probably be an fascinating recreation. I believe we’re very tough to beat,” added Gerhardsson after his facet’s slender win over the Crimson Flames at Leigh Sports activities Village.

“We have to ask ourselves ‘what can we do to cease them [England] from taking part in properly and what are our alternatives to beat them?’

“We’re going to talk about it and look extra at their video games. They’ve a very good expertise. We’re going to have a plan. I can guarantee you we’re going to have a plan, and we want an especially good plan.”

Sweden, the top-ranked facet at Euro 2022, had 33 makes an attempt in opposition to Belgium however struggled to transform their possibilities into targets till Sembrant struck from shut vary within the dying moments.

Stina Blackstenius had a objective dominated out for offside earlier than being denied by a effective Nicky Evrard save, and it regarded as if the quarter-final was heading for further time when Sembrant struck from contained in the six-yard field.

Whereas Belgium’s gamers regarded shattered on the last whistle, Sweden celebrated wildly in entrance of their jubilant followers within the 7,517 crowd.

On this proof, nevertheless, Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses won’t be too involved about what awaits them subsequent week. Whereas Sweden scored 5 of their earlier recreation in opposition to Portugal, they spurned likelihood after likelihood earlier than ultimately edging by way of.

The expectation earlier than kick-off was that the Swedes would be a part of Wiegman’s facet in Sheffield, however they made onerous work of seeing off a Belgium facet showing within the quarter-finals for the primary time.

Sweden celebrate scoring against Belgium at Euro 2022
Sweden are former winners of the European Ladies’s Championship

Sweden began on the entrance foot in opposition to a staff 17 locations beneath them on the earth rankings.

Manchester Metropolis’s Filippa Angeldahl twice went shut within the early phases earlier than Blackstenius produced a composed end after being despatched clear by way of.

Her celebrations, nevertheless, had been minimize quick after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) verify dominated she had strayed narrowly offside.

It was not all one-way site visitors. Justine Vanhaevermaet, scorer of Belgium’s first objective at Euro 2022, went shut with a fierce try earlier than Sweden ultimately acquired the job finished.

‘It’s onerous for us’

This was onerous to take for Belgium, who had been watched by Belgium males’s boss Roberto Martinez.

However the staff ranked nineteenth on the earth will take satisfaction from making Sweden work so onerous for his or her victory.

Their gamers regarded near tears on the finish however there are positives for the long run.

“At this second it’s onerous for us,” mentioned Belgium boss Ives Serneels. “We should be proud that we had been right here to play this excellent recreation in opposition to Sweden.

“It should give us a whole lot of expertise for the long run. Now the gamers know what can occur if you work onerous for one thing.”

Participant of the match

MissipoKassandra Missipo

Sweden

  1. Squad quantity20Participant titleBennison

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleAsllani

  3. Squad quantity3Participant titleSembrant

  4. Squad quantity6Participant titleEriksson

  5. Squad quantity1Participant titleLindahl

  6. Squad quantity19Participant titleRytting Kaneryd

  7. Squad quantity16Participant titleAngeldahl

  8. Squad quantity5Participant titleNildén

  9. Squad quantity13Participant titleIlestedt

  10. Squad quantity14Participant titleBjörn

  11. Squad quantity11Participant titleBlackstenius

  12. Squad quantity18Participant titleRolfö

Belgium

  1. Squad quantity23Participant titleMissipo

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleEvrard

  3. Squad quantity13Participant titleDhont

  4. Squad quantity10Participant titleVanhaevermaet

  5. Squad quantity2Participant titlePhiltjens

  6. Squad quantity9Participant titleWullaert

  7. Squad quantity6Participant titleDe Caigny

  8. Squad quantity16Participant titleMinnaert

  9. Squad quantity20Participant titleBiesmans

  10. Squad quantity11Participant titleCayman

  11. Squad quantity18Participant titleDe Neve

  12. Squad quantity19Participant titleKees

  13. Squad quantity22Participant titleDeloose

Line-ups

Sweden

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lindahl
  • 13Ilestedt
  • 3Sembrant
  • 6Eriksson
  • 5Nildén
  • 16AngeldahlSubstituted forBennisonat 84′minutes
  • 14Björn
  • 19Rytting Kaneryd
  • 9Asllani
  • 18Rolfö
  • 11Blackstenius

Substitutes

  • 8Hurtig
  • 10Jakobsson
  • 12Falk
  • 15Blomqvist
  • 17Seger
  • 20Bennison
  • 21Musovic
  • 22Schough
  • 23Rubensson

Belgium

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Evrard
  • 22DelooseSubstituted forDhontat 67′minutes
  • 19Kees
  • 18De Neve
  • 2PhiltjensBooked at 36mins
  • 10Vanhaevermaet
  • 20BiesmansBooked at 16minsSubstituted forMissipoat 88′minutes
  • 16Minnaert
  • 11Cayman
  • 6De Caigny
  • 9Wullaert

Substitutes

  • 3Van Kerkhoven
  • 4Tysiak
  • 5Wijnants
  • 7Eurlings
  • 8Delacauw
  • 12Lemey
  • 13Dhont
  • 14Vanmechelen
  • 15Vangheluwe
  • 17Tison
  • 21Lichtfus
  • 23Missipo

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