Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Germany Moves on at Women's World Cup with 4-1 Win over Sweden

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Germany Moves on at Women's World Cup with 4-1 Win over Sweden

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Germany moves on with 4-1 win over Sweden


OTTAWA - It's a confident German team heading to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup, but they aren't prepared to look too far ahead just yet.

Germany easily defeated Sweden 4-1 in the Round of 16 Saturday afternoon in Ottawa to advance to the quarter-finals. The Germans will face the winner of Sunday's game between France and Korea.

Celia Sasic, with two goals, Anja Mittag and Dzsenifer Marozsan led the way for Germany. Linda Sembrant scored the lone goal for Sweden in front of a sold out crowd of 22,486 at Lansdowne Stadium.

Right from the start Germany, winner of two World Cup titles, was the better of the two teams.

"We are of course overjoyed," said German coach Silvia Neid. "We had a really good game. Right from the very first minute we were in the game, we worked really well and for 90 minutes we did so. I think we were clearly the better team and that's why we won deservedly 4-1."

A strong first half allowed Germany to jump out to a 2-0 lead and a late second half goal put the game out of reach.

Ranked No. 1 in the world, the Germans sent a message with its performance.

Asked if she felt her team could make it to the final, Neid was thoughtful in her response.

"I'm not convinced of it yet," she said. "A match always starts at zero, you always start fresh. Our next opponent looks like it's going to be France, and they're ranked third, it will not be easy."

Germany could have easily been up 2-0 by the two-minute mark if not for Swedish keeper Hedviq Lindahl. Unfortunately Lindahl didn't get much support.

"Germany's a very good team and they deserved to advance," said Swedish head coach Pia Sundhage. "We fought and we tried, but it was not good enough, unfortunately."

Mittag picked up her fifth goal in four matches in the 24th minute. The goal was a result of a misplaced pass by Sweden and Mittag was able to take advantage as she placed the ball just out of Lindahl's reach. …

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